Anthony Stewart had a few options as an unrestricted free agent but ultimately chose to sign a tryout with the San Jose Sharks based on some recent history.

The 28-year-old winger an imposing presence at six-foot-three and 230 pounds is aware that Brad Winchester was offered a contract after attending Sharks camp on a PTO (pro tryout) in 2011. His aim is to prove to the Sharks’ coaching staff and front office that he deserves a chance to continue his NHL career in a teal sweater after splitting time in a league in England and the AHL’s Manchester Monarchs in 2012-13.

In 262 career NHL games with Florida Atlanta and Carolina Stewart has 27 goals and 44 assists for 71 points and 123 penalty minutes.

“I think you’ve just got to impress a little bit every day and show something new every day” Stewart said. “Being a big body I’ve just got to go out there and skate and use my big body to my advantage and try to keep it as simple as possible. Get down low get to the net crash the net hard and so far so good.”

Stewart didn’t find the back of the net in the Sharks’ first scrimmage on Friday skating mainly on a line with Bracken Kearns and Freddie Hamilton in what could probably be described as the fifth line. He did get a chance late in the game to play wing alongside Joe Pavelski and Tomas Hertl on the third line though.