San Jose Sharks general manager Doug Wilson has provided a promising update on forward Joe Thornton.

The expectation, according to Wilson on Friday, is that Thornton, who turns 38 years old on July 2, will be ready for the start of next season, following an MCL injury suffered versus the Canucks shortly before the beginning of the playoffs and subsequent offseason surgery.

Where he’s playing next season has yet to be finalized.

Thornton and Patrick Marleau are both pending unrestricted free agents, which means the Sharks don’t have to worry about them in the expansion draft. Both have already expressed a desire to remain in San Jose beyond this past season. However, both are 37 years old and will be 38 before the start of next season.

“Well, first of all, Jumbo is doing extremely well.