2018-19 Record: 46-27-9 101pts – – 2nd Place in Pacific
Playoffs: Lost in Western Conference Finals to St. Louis
2019-20 Jersey Guide:
Key Additions: D – Nikolai Knyzhov, D – Dalton Prout, F – Tom Pyatt
Key Departures: F – Gustav Nyquist, F – Joonas Donskoi, F – Joe Pavelski, D – Joakim Ryan, D – Justin Braun
This offseason the San Jose Sharks made some questionable moves by re-signing “defenseman” Erik Karlsson, and allowing forwards Joe Pavelski, Joonas Donskoi, and Gustav Nyquist, and defenseman Joakim Ryan to walk in free agency. Plus they are holding out hope that 40 year old forward Joe Thornton will return, and they traded away defenseman Justin Braun.
With these moves the Sharks weakened themselves going into the 2019-20 NHL Season. They should have let Karlsson get overpaid for his lackluster defense and decaying offensive game by another team. He has been injury plagued the last few seasons, and that will be a note of concern for him too. The eight year contract the Sharks gave him will be regretted in the near future.
Also with the departures of some of their key players, the Sharks lose a decent number of core players that have been major contributers to the team these last few seasons. Also with the prospect of getting forward Patrick Marleau back, and the attempts to bring back Joe Thornton, the Sharks do not look like a contender in our book.