SAN JOSE – Veteran NHL forward Anthony Stewart will be attending Sharks training camp next week on a professional tryout, a team source told CSNBayArea.com.
Stewart, 28, has played 262 career NHL games with Florida, Atlanta and Carolina. The six-foot-three, 230-pound Quebec native has 27 goals and 44 assists for 71 points and 123 penalty minutes in six seasons. A former first round pick (25th overall) by Florida in 2003, he is the older brother of St. Louis Blues forward Chris Stewart.
Last season, Stewart split time between Nottingham (England) during the NHL lockout, and the Manchester Monarchs, the AHL affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings. Stewart was traded to the Kings from Carolina as part of the deal for Kevin Westgarth shortly before the start of the shortened season. Stewart had four goals and three assists for seven points and 31 penalty minutes for Manchester.
In 2011-12, his most recent NHL season, Stewart had nine goals and 11 assists for 20 points and 30 penalty minutes in 77 games with Carolina.
The Sharks open training camp on Wednesday, September 11, with the first on-ice session on Thursday. A complete roster has not yet been released.
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Contrary to reports elsewhere, former Sharks forward Kyle Wellwood, who recently completed his second season with Winnipeg, will not be attending Sharks training camp on a professional tryout. According to a team source, the Sharks and Wellwood have not spoken.