SAN JOSE -- Veteran defenseman Brad Stuart wasn't ready Saturday to offer specifics on the injury that has kept him out of training camp, but he did say that he expects to be healthy for the Sharks regular season opener Oct. 3.
"I just basically want to make sure I'm ready before I go out," Stuart said.
He called the problem "nothing serious or anything that's going to keep me from getting ready to be in the first game of the season. Barring any kind of an unforeseen setback, I'll be ready to go."
Stuart, 33, said the injury occurred about a month ago while he was training at Sharks Ice. He hasn't been on the ice since then, but expects to be skating on his own within a couple of days.
The Sharks identified the problem as a lower body injury, but Stuart stopped short of confirming even that.
Stuart is expected to be part of San Jose's third pair of defensemen with either Hannah or Jason Demers.
This year, that could be Daniil Tarasov for the Sharks.
While prospects such as Tomas Hertl and Matt Nieto have been under a bigger spotlight, it was Tarasov who scored what may be the most impressive goal of camp so far. In Saturday's scrimmage, he intercepted a clearing pass, then put his own rebound in the back of the net.
So does Tarasov have McLellan's attention?
"Yes, he has," the coach said, "and it didn't start in training camp."
It began a year ago, McLellan said, when Tarasov -- a free agent signed by San Jose in 2012 -- was dispatched to the San Francisco Bulls of the ECHL because the NHL lockout made jobs in Worcester tougher to come by.
"He could have gone there and pouted," McLellan said. "He didn't and he's been one of our better players to this point."
Tarasov scored 14 points in 17 ECHL games, then went back to Worcester and earned rookie of the year honors with 14 goals and 28 points in 43 games.
The 6-foot, 285-pound Tarasov sees himself as the guy who could surprise people and stay in San Jose for a while.
"That's my mindset. Why not me, right?," Tarasov, 22, said. "Just trying to put lots of work on it and go as far as I can and see what happens."
Tarasov's goal gave his Teal team a 3-1 lead, but the White squad rallied and ended up with a 4-3 shootout win.
"Ideally I think we would all like it to be done before our season starts," Boyle said. "But there are three of us that are in the same boat and we've just got to let our agents deal with that. That's what they're there for."