Projecting the Sharks' 2020-21 Opening Night Lineup

Projecting the Sharks' 2020-21 Opening Night Lineup

November 21st, 2020 It is finally time to start projecting the San Jose Sharks' opening night lineup. With the season hopefully on the horizon for January, it's never too early for fans to begin to think about it. Though the date of training camp is still up in the air, speculation has begun on what the Shark’s...
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November 12th, 2020
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As we head into November and the season of Thanksgiving, it is usually that time for us where we sit back and reflect on what things we are thankful for. However, the coming of the season got me thinking, "what would the San Jose Sharks be thankful for?" Here are a few things that make the list.  No Lack of Prospects in the System  Despite the Sharks trading arguably their best prospect in Josh Norris to the Ottawa Senators in the Erik Karlsson trade, they’ve been able to stack up prospects in the past two drafts that they can develop. This year especially, they drafted a lot of forwards, a position that can really help a team like the Sharks that needs to get younger to be successful.  Ottawa Senators Prospect Center Josh Norris during the Ottawa Senators Development Camp on June 25, 2019 (Photo by Richard A. Whittaker/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) There are also players like Ryan Merkley and John Leonard, who have been getting development with their...
November 11th, 2020
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The wages of being a constant contender in the NHL are often hefty. Just ask the Chicago Blackhawks, who, after a decade of dominance in the NHL, are starting to feel the wrath of pricey contracts handed out to their key players. The Blackhawks, though, won championships in 2010, 2013, and 2015 to make up for these contracts. The same cannot be said for the San Jose Sharks. The Sharks are going to have to prove in the upcoming 2020-21 season that their 29th-place finish last season was simply an aberration. With only $2 million in available cap space until the season begins, the Sharks are going to have to be able to get value out of some of their more expensive contracts in order to get back on track. With that in mind, I present to you the Sharks' three worst contracts on their books: No. 3: Logan Couture Captain Logan Couture's form took a hit this past season. After a 2018-19 season in which Couture tallied 70 points as well as a Corsi for percentage (CF%) of 53.8%...
November 8th, 2020
Sharks Prospects

The San Jose Sharks are a team without a true top tier prospect. However, their prospect pyramid does have plenty of quality players for the future. And due to depth at certain positions, NHL readiness, and other factors, some prospects are more important to the team's future than others. This especially comes in light of the team's last draft, selecting only forwards and half being right-handed. Thus, there are likely only three players the team feels they cannot trade, as their future with the team is too important. John Leonard John Leonard may come as a surprise. However, there are numerous reasons why he is unmovable from the Sharks' perspective. He was a sixth-round pick in 2018 but has quickly emerged as a possible NHL-caliber player. The first reason for including him on this list is because of Patrick Marleau, Marcus Sorensen, Matt Nieto, Stefan Noesen, and Ryan Donato. A clear similarity between all those players is they are forwards who'll play in the team's...
November 8th, 2020
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The San Jose Sharks enter the 2020-21 season with high expectations and very little cap space. After a disappointing 2019-20 campaign, they will be looking to rebound with a stronger 2020-21 season. In order to achieve the goal of a long and fruitful Stanley Cup playoff run, they will need to extract as much value from the money they are spending. In this article, I’ll look at which player contracts should provide the best value. The actual dollar amount isn’t a direct indication of the best contract. It really comes down to how much value is provided for the dollar amount. Evolving Hockey uses a lot of metrics to calculate value for each player. In fact, they calculate the actual amount each player is worth based on their goals above replacement, wins above replacement, total offense, total defense, penalties taken and drawn, amongst a few others. In the end, they use this to also calculate how many standing points above replacement (SPAR) a particular player...

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Five Great Moments in San Jose Sharks History

The month for looking back at San Jose Sharks history continues, and this time, it's a chance for us to check in on some of the best moments in team history. We covered the most gut-wrenching moments earlier. And the most fun players to watch. Now a time to look at some brilliant, exciting and... August 25th, 2015