The San Jose Sharks have invited forward Anthony Stewart to attend Sharks training camp next week. Stewart, 28, has not played in the NHL for a season, opting to play in Nottingham, England and for the Los Angeles Kings affiliate Manchester Monarchs during last year’s NHL lockout.
Stewart was drafted 25th overall by the Florida Panthers in 2003. He has also spent time with the Atlanta Thrashers. When the franchise moved to Winnepeg, Stewart was not offered a contract and signed with the Carolina Hurricanes.
It is a bit puzzling why the Sharks would invite a player who never quite lived up to his potential. He didn’t last long in Florida, and eventually finished his first NHL season in Atlanta. He posted decent numbers in Atlanta (14 goals and 39 points in 80 games), but his productivity went down the tubes after joining Carolina. He eventually had an awful season where he was given minimal ice time.
Why would San Jose extend an invite to Stewart when they carry strong forwards already? Though injured Marty Havlat will likely be out most of the season, it is unlikely that Stewart will be able to fill the void.
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