It may be his 16th training camp with the San Jose Sharks but Patrick Marleau still feels like a kid on Christmas morning when hockey season officially begins.

The Sharks held their first on-ice session of camp on Thursday at their practice facility in San Jose.

“I think there’s still the same excitement for me going into each year” Marleau said. “It’s another chance to have another good season and try to win the Cup. A lot of guys go different ways in the summer and everybody comes back and you get to hear how their summers went and catch up. It’s always exciting for me.”

Marleau had a bit of a strange season in the shortened 2013 campaign. He recorded nine goals in his first five games to open the season including four straight two-goal games tying an NHL record dating back to 1917. He managed just eight goals in the final 43 games but was arguably the Sharks’ best player in their first round sweep of Vancouver including scoring the series-clincher in overtime of Game 4.

During that series Marleau skated on the wing with Logan Couture and Raffi Torres as his linemates. That trio was back together on the first day of camp and it could very well stay that way until the season-opener on Oct. 3 against the Canucks. Marleau wouldn't object if that's the case.

“There’s some good chemistry there” he said.

Marleau who will turn 34 in three days on Sep. 15 senses a positive feeling surrounding his longtime team. Following the sweep of the Canucks the Sharks fell to the Los Angeles Kings in seven games in the second round after finishing the regular season strong.

The club found it’s identity after a series of trade deadline moves and hopes to keep the ball rolling when the 2013-14 season gets underway.