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Sharks could have two rookies on the third line

Barclay Goodrow, Nikolay Goldobin,

San Jose Sharks’ Barclay Goodrow, celebrates with teammates, Nikolay Goldobin, right, and Chris Tierney after scoring against the Anaheim Ducks during the first period of a preseason NHL hockey game, Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/George Nikitin)


A San Jose team that got significant contributions from a couple of rookies (Tomas Hertl and Matt Nieto) in 2013-14 is poised to have a few more newbies in the lineup to start this season.

From CSN Bay Area:

Nothing has been made official, but looks more and more likely that San Jose will ice a third line of rookies Chris Tierney and Barclay Goodrow, along with Tommy Wingels when the season gets underway on Wednesday in Los Angeles. ... General manager Doug Wilson said numerous times in the offseason that his team will get younger. If Tierney, 20, and Goodrow, 21, make the roster, along with 19-year-old defenseman Mirco Mueller’s spot now assured, that will be enough to prove Wilson wasn’t kidding.

Injuries to Raffi Torres, James Sheppard and Tyler Kennedy have opened the door for Tierney and Goodrow, both of whom are waiver exempt and can be sent to AHL Worcester at any time.