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San Jose Sharks 2017 Season Preview



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Chris Ransom follow @DraftUtopia Posted on 9/15/2017.




San Jose Sharks Line 1 Forwards


Player
Position
Games Played
Height
Weight
Goals
Assists
Points
Mikkel Boedker
Left Wing
81
6-foot-1-inches
210-pounds
10
16
26
Joe Thornton
Center
79
6-foot-4-inches
220-pounds
7
43
50
Joe Pavelski
Right Wing
81
5-foot-11-inches
190-pounds
29
39
68

San Jose Sharks Line 2 Forwards


Player
Position
Games Played
Height
Weight
Goals
Assists
Points
Melker Karlsson
Left Wing
67
6-foot-0-inches
180-pounds
11
11
22
Logan Couture
Center
73
6-foot-1-inches
200-pounds
25
27
52
Joel Ward
Right Wing
78
6-foot-1-inches
226-pounds
10
19
29

San Jose Sharks Line 3 Forwards


Player
Position
Games Played
Height
Weight
Goals
Assists
Points
Timo Meier
Left Wing
34
6-foot-0-inches
210-pounds
3
3
6
Tomas Hertl
Center
49
6-foot-2-inches
210-pounds
10
12
22
Joonas Donskoi
Right Wing
67
6-foot-1-inches
190-pounds
6
11
17

San Jose Sharks Line 4 Forwards


Player
Position
Games Played
Height
Weight
Goals
Assists
Points
Marcus Sorensen
Left Wing
19
5-foot-11-inches
175-pounds
1
3
4
Chris Tierney
Center
80
6-foot-0-inches
195-pounds
11
12
23
Jannik Hansen
Right Wing
43
6-foot-1-inches
195-pounds
8
12
20


San Jose Sharks Forwards Review: San Jose has a ton of depth at center and right wing. Their huge gaping weakness lies at left wing. In fact the game plan should be to have a defender on their center and a defender on their right winger at all times. That's how predictable the Sharks offense looks on paper. Just take away their center and right winger with your defenders and dare their left wingers to score on you. The offense just appears to be so predictable.


Last season the Sharks' ranked 19th in goals scored and 25th in the NHL on the power play. San Jose is a team that could easily regress in this department.




San Jose Sharks Defensive Lines


Player
Line
Games Played
Height
Weight
Goals
Assists
Points
Brent Burns
Line 1
64
6-foot-5-inches
230-pounds
12
27
39
Marc-Edouard Vlasic
Line 1
75
6-foot-1-inches
205-pounds
6
22
28
Paul Martin
Line 2
81
6-foot-1-inches
200-pounds
4
22
26
Justin Braun
Line 2
81
6-foot-2-inches
205-pounds
4
9
13
Dylan DeMelo
Line 3
25
6-foot-1-inches
195-pounds
1
7
8
Brenden Dillon
Line 3
81
6-foot-4-inches
225-pounds
2
8
10


San Jose Sharks Defensemen Review: Brent Burns and Marc-Edouard Vlasic anchor this first line. The Paul Martin and Justin Braun line can be effective at times. The third line featuring Dylan DeMelo and Brenden Dillon is the weakness of this line. That's why the Sharks are absolutely doomed if anyone on their top 4 gets injured.


The San Jose Sharks ranked 5th in goals allowed and 18th in penalty killing. San Jose is probably going to decline in both of these areas defensively. The penalty killing could improve. I highly doubt they remain a top 5 team in goals allowed. If San Jose can be a top 5 teams in goals allowed and penalty killing, then they will have a great chance to return to the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs. That is going to be key.




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Starting Goalie


Player
Team
Games Played
Record
Shutouts
Save Percentage
Goals Against Average
Martin Jones
San Jose Sharks
65
35-23-6
2 Shutouts
.912
2.40 GAA

Backup Goalie


Player
Team
Games Played
Record
Shutouts
Save Percentage
Goals Against Average
Aaron Dell
San Jose Sharks
17
11-6-1
1 Shutout
.931
2.00 GAA


San Jose Sharks Goaltender Review: San Jose's goaltending with Martin Jones and Aaron Dell is their biggest strength right now. This team will go as far their goaltending takes them.





San Jose Sharks Prospect Pool: Jeremy Roy is San Jose's best prospect. The 2015 second round pick was a late first round prospect who enters his first season with the Barracuda. Other then Roy there aren't any prospects on San Jose that excite me. That's why its paramount for the Sharks to use these next few NHL Drafts to get some younger guys in their farm system. Joe Thornton and Logan Couture are 38 and 33 respectively plus this team needs more prospects at left wing.




San Jose Sharks 2017-2018 Prediction


San Jose will finally play like a mediocre team. I said this team would suck heading into 2015-2016 and the Sharks made me look really foolish by getting to the 2016 Stanley Cup Finals. The Sharks are a team that could end up proving me wrong. The issue with them is outside of Martin Jones and Brent Burns, the rest of this team consists of aging players that are about to be past their prime. I still feel like Joe Thornton has one or two good seasons left. His play began to decline last season though and that's the biggest thing that worries me with the Sharks. This teams issues at left wing are bad too so I'm gonna say the Sharks miss the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs. I said the same thing two years ago and San Jose won the Western Conference so take this preview with a grain of salt.



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