Last Season: 45-27-10 100 pts (3rd in Pacific Division; Lost in Western Conference 2nd Round)
Key Additions: F Antti Suomela
Key Departures: D Paul Martin, F Eric Fehr, F Mikkel Boedker, F Jannik Hansen, and F Joel Ward
Top Questions Facing the Sharks:
- Can Joe Thornton stay healthy?
Last season Thornton was playing very well scoring 13 goals, 23 assists for 36 points in 47 games before a knee injury ended his season in late January. At 39 years old, Thornton is looking to pick up where he left off last season, but can he stay healthy? He has shown that he can contribute at a high level, but Father Time is telling him that the wear and tear his body has taken is now taking its effect on him. If he can stay healthy for an entire season, that would be a huge plus for the San Jose Sharks.
2. How will Evander Kane fare in his first full season with the Sharks?
It is known that Evander Kane has brought some baggage with him as he has worn out his welcome in both Winnipeg and Buffalo, but so far the match of Kane with the Sharks has been a good one. Kane produced 9 goals in 17 games during the regular season, and had four goals in the playoffs. Plus with Kane’s more physical style, the Sharks hope that his style of play will rub off on his teammates in an effort to make them more of a complete team.