Loprieno Impressing at Sharks Camp

Joe Loprieno just began his first career NHL training camp with the San Jose Sharks earlier this week. Loprieno, who has been serving as an assistant captain in scrimmages against the Anaheim Ducks (prospect scrimmages), has impressed early on and was playing on the top defensive pairing.

The following is from Sharkspage.com:

Futher along in his development than expected .. was one of the three alternate captains and was clearly the leader on defense .. incorporated Coach Todd McLellan’s system into his game and initiated plays like the hook breakout .. made smart decisions with the puck even while under heavy pressure – either made a clean first pass, used his partner as an outlet, or chipped it high off of the glass .. has good size/strength and plays a physical brand of hockey .. stay-at-home type that controlled tight gaps and finished his checks hard .. still needs to work on his quickness and footwork out of his pivots.

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