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Why GM Doug Wilson thinks this is the most competitive Sharks camp in years

SAN JOSE — There’s only been one word that’s been mentioned as often as “Erik” or “Karlsson” through the first few days of Sharks training camp.

“Competition’s tight,” forward Barclay Goodrow said.

“There’s a lot of competition,” Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said.

“The competition,” assistant GM Tim Burke said, “is tough. It’s healthy.”

Perhaps in recent years, the Sharks only had a small number of roster openings at the start of their training camps, mainly for reserve forwards or as the sixth and seventh defensemen.

That changed last week — particularly among the forward group — after the Sharks acquired Erik Karlsson from Ottawa and sent Chris Tierney, Dylan DeMelo, Rudolfs Balcers and a handful of draft picks to the Senators.