The San Jose Sharks are an interesting team. By almost any logic this or last off season were the time to blow the team up. And yet they remain. In fact they grow. Last seasons sixth place finish was hardly what people have come to expect of the team.
- The acquisitions were clearly targeted to address their god awful penalty kill.
- Two seasons ago, before injuries ended their second-season the team looked like it knew how to win in the playoffs.
- The key players on this team are not young. Thornton, Marleau, Boyle, Stuart will all be at least 33 before the season closes.
- Character of second tier guys, specifically Pavelski who wasted twenty minutes of ice time a night in last years playoffs need to be answered in the affirmative.
High: 6-9 Arguably the division has gotten easier with so much talent leaving Phoenix Some of it landed in Dallas, but the Kings also had a long, long run and could be weaker this year at least in the regular season.
Low: If they don’t fix their penalty kill, or Niemi and Greiss are not average to above average all season, It is likely Todd McLellan and several names off their roster will be going to a different rink before seasons end.
The big one with the San Jose Sharks is can they take the regular season seriously enough to get home ice and then stay healthy in the post season. The trend in the NHL the last three years has been to end long cup droughts, there’s qualifies.