Sharks

Why Ferraro has 'a lot of confidence' in new coach Quinn

Sharks

The Sharks will have a new coach behind the bench as general manager Mike Grier appointed David Quinn to the position last month. The 56-year-old brings NHL coaching experience to San Jose, spending three seasons with the New York Rangers. 

Quinn takes over a Sharks team that has missed the playoffs for three straight years and will lean on young players like Mario Ferraro to get them back to the postseason. The Sharks defenseman spoke about the team's new coach in an interview on NBC Sports California's Brodie Brazil's YouTube channel

Ferraro told Brazil he has yet to meet Quinn but is excited about getting to know their new coach and learning the system he wants to implement heading into the 2022-23 NHL season. 

"I think it's pretty cool to just be thrown in that situation," Ferraro said. "You get to really know someone that way and the way they coach.

"I like to think that I'm able to kind of adapt to, however, coaching style that he does have or plans that he does have, the kind of identity that our team will be come September, October."

Despite not meeting Quinn, Ferraro researched what type of coach the franchise is bringing in for next season and stated that he's heard positive reviews about him. 

 

Furthermore, the 23-year-old expressed that Quinn, not too far removed from coaching college hockey after spending five seasons at Boston University, can connect with the young players on the team. 

"From what I hear, David Quinn is a very good coach and has a very good reputation," Ferraro said. "I think it's cool that not too long ago, he was in college, too, so he can relate to the younger guys coming up as well. 

"So I have a lot of confidence, and I'm very excited to get to know him as a person and as a coach. I think it'll be an exciting time."

RELATED: Why Mario Ferraro's Sharks contract extension wasn't an easy negotiation

Quinn has the task of improving on the 77 points and 32 wins that the Sharks accumulated during the 2021-22 NHL season, finishing sixth in the Pacific Division

The job is challenging for Quinn since the five teams ahead of San Jose finished with more than 90 points. Nonetheless, Ferraro has a positive attitude and hopes the new voice will lead the team in the right direction.