Sharks See Improvements Early in 2020-21 Season

Sharks See Improvements Early in 2020-21 Season

January 17th, 2021 The San Jose Sharks opened the 2020-21 season against the Arizona Coyotes with two straight games. After 10 months without hockey, there were expected inconsistencies, but there were definitely some positive surprises. I’ll recap some of them here. John Leonard A late-round gem, Leonard...
Sharks' Second Line Shines in Season Opener

Sharks' Second Line Shines in Season Opener

January 15th, 2021 The San Jose Sharks won their first game of the season in a thriller against the Arizona Coyotes. The Sharks grabbed an early lead, but lost it in the dying minutes of the third. Luckily, they emerged victors in their first game in 10 months. However, in this 4-3 shootout win, one line stood...
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January 7th, 2021
Sharks Prospects

The 2021 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship saw Team USA win their 5th gold medal by beating Team Canada 2-0. Four prospects in the tournament belong to the San Jose Sharks: one represented the Czech Republic, two from Russia, and one from Finland, who took home the bronze medal. Here's a debrief on how they fared. Czech Republic: Adam Raska, Forward Raska was selected by the Sharks in the 7th round of the 2020 NHL Draft from the Rimouski Oceanic of QMJHL. He had the worst performance of all the Sharks' prospects. In four games, he scored no goals, one assist, received six penalty minutes and a plus-1 rating. He also received a one-game suspension for boarding a player against Team Slovakia in the pre-tournament round. Adam Raska of Rimouski Oceanic (Iften Redjah – Foliophoto) This was Raska's second World Juniors including last year's tournament when his country hosted. He improved since then, but only slightly. In 2020, he scored no points, no penalty minutes, and...
January 4th, 2021
San Jose Sharks

With Joe Thornton departing, lacking their own 2020 first-round pick, and mass uncertainty surrounding the roster, it is easy for San Jose Sharks fans to feel down about the upcoming season. Despite this, the Sharks still have reasons to feel confident entering the shortened season. A Strong Young Core Is Developing Although the Sharks are infamous for locking down older players on long contracts, the team has a quality young core developing. For example, on the projected top two lines for San Jose, three are 25 years old or younger. Timo Meier, 24, has been a consistent 20+ goal scorer in the NHL who will only improve, and Kevin Labanc will look to have a bounce-back season. Newly acquired Ryan Donato appears to be a diamond in the rough, and with more usage, will likely blossom into a quality player. San Jose Sharks left wing Timo Meier (Photo by Danny Murphy/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) The majority of the players vying for the third center spot are young as well....
January 2nd, 2021
Sharks Prospects

While the World Junior Championship took New Year’s Day off to prepare for today’s quarterfinal round, there was top-notch action in college hockey on Friday night. A recent draft pick of the Edmonton Oilers was honored by his conference before taking the ice. Meanwhile, a defensive prospect for the Montreal Canadiens is showing he can bring some offense to his game. Finally, the San Jose Sharks signed their most recent second-round pick. Savoie Takes Home Honor Carter Savoie turned heads during his two seasons with the Sherwood Park Crusaders in the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL). He scored 84 goals and 173 points in 112 games before moving on to the University of Denver for the 2020-21 season. His offensive game at the junior level impressed the Oilers enough to use their fourth-round pick (100th overall) to select him at the 2020 NHL Entry Draft. Savoie has gotten his college career off to a very good start. On Monday morning, he was named the National...
January 2nd, 2021
San Jose Sharks

The San Jose Sharks had a horrific 2019-20 season, and the offseason has lacked a large move to respond to this. The team will have a few different goals throughout this next season, so let's look at what I believe to be the Sharks' plans for the new year. Commit to a Plan for the Season The Sharks, unfortunately, dealt their first-round pick, and could not select third overall. San Jose rarely misses the playoffs, nor finishes worst in their conference. The organization did make some additions to curb this tank for next season, but that could be the worst option. Via Blue Bullet Report In my opinion, the worst thing the Sharks could do is finish between 8-10th worst in the league. As indicated by this value chart, it is significantly better to select in the top 3-4 picks, in comparison to later in the first round. Especially when San Jose currently does not possess a true top tier prospect, the team must select highly to obtain one. The issue for San Jose is they...

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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