The Sharks still have 42 players in camp after roster cuts on Tuesday but were split up on Wednesday into two separate groups for practice at Sharks Ice.

One group featured all of the usual suspects that are locks to make the opening night roster along with rookie Tomas Hertl and a fifth forward line of Matt Pelech Bracken Kearns and John McCarthy. On defense Matt Tennyson was one of seven blueliners (Brad Stuart has yet to skate in camp with a lower body injury). Alex Stalock and Antti Niemi were the goaltenders.

Head coach Todd McLellan said not to read anything into the breakdown as both groups are having the same off-ice meetings and drills in practice.

“When you look at it you’ll say ‘jeez there’s a lot of veterans in this group a lot of younger guys in the other group.’ We’ll pick our team out of both groups” McLellan said. “You’ll see in the exhibition games coming up a blending of both groups.

“It’s going to be as much based on their exhibition play as anything right now. Just to be efficient in practice and work on things get enough people reps and familiarity we split the groups up as is.”

One notable absence from the mostly-NHL group was forward Anthony Stewart who is in town on a pro tryout and who played less than 10 minutes in the 3-2 preseason win in Vancouver on Monday. Stewart who played primarily with John McCarthy and Matt Pelech recorded one shot on goal and two penalty minutes.

The evaluation of the 28-year-old winger is ongoing.

McLellan said: “I like where it’s going but it’s only been three periods. He’s got a lot more work in front of him and we’ve got a lot more viewing to do before we can really formulate an opinion. I don’t want him to feel real good and I don’t want him to feel real bad I just want him to play. Just play. He’s a veteran and has played enough games he feels comfortable in the National Hockey League.”