The San Jose Sharks have had a roller coaster of emotions the last couple months. The team had a great regular season in 2018-2019, finishing 2nd in the Pacific with a 46-27-9 record. The team was 2nd in goals for with 289 and 21st in goals against with 261. The Sharks had a steady power play unit that held a PP% of 23.65% and a penalty kill percentage of 80.77%. The team managed the puck well, holding onto a corsi for % of 54.9%. Their goaltenders, Martin Jones and Aaron Dell, combined for a SV% of .894 and a GAA of 3.00.
The Sharks moved into the playoffs and had some real scrapes with elimination. In the end, they advanced all of the way to the Conference finals, where the Sharks fell to the St. Louis Blues. The Sharks managed 20 games with a collective 58 goals, 98 assists, and -28 rating with a SV% from their goalies of .896 and GAA of 3.04.
In the off-season, the Sharks have had a number of moves that will have a massive impact on their upcoming season.
Firstly, their Captain Joe Pavelski will not be returning. Pavelski signed with the Dallas Stars for $7 million a season for 3 seasons. Pavelski had 64 points with the Sharks last season and continued with 9 more point in the off-season during the 13 games he played in. The Captain had a 54.7 Corsi For % and averaged 19:03 on the ice per game.
It’ll be a shock for the team to run without their Captain but they’ll be able to get the ground under them soon enough.
The Sharks are also expecting to see Joe Thornton back on their lineup for his 15th with the team and 22nd season in the NHL. Thornton told the press that he’s still got plenty of time left to play although he is still an unsigned UFA. Thornton had 51 points in 73 games last regular season and added 10 more points in 19 postseason games. The 40-year-old is a gritty player and a leader in the locker room. With Pavelski gone, he is going to be the main guy to look to in the room.
The Sharks have $4,682,583 left in Cap Space so they’re safe to sign Thornton to another deal even though it will have to be a slight decrease from his last 1-year, $5 million deal.
This year can be another great one for the Sharks if they get their legs steady early but with a stacked up roster including Brent Burns, Tomas Hertl, Logan Couture, and Timo Meier. This team has potential to make another Cup run (do it for Jumbo’s sake).
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