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The San Jose Sharks have had one of the best offenses in the NHL for this entire decade. Even though stars like Patrick Marleau and Joe Pavelski have left the Bay Area, Joe Thornton and Brett Burns continue to age like fine wine. Burns has been the best offensive defenseman in the game for years, and Jumbo Joe is an assist machine, even at the age of 40. Tomas Hertl, Logan Couture, and Timo Meier are all potential point per game players, making San Jose a team to reckon with once more.
San Jose Sharks at a Glance
Burns had arguably his best season yet last year, notching a career high 83 points. That was enough to lead the Sharks, and his 67 assists were tops on the team by a wide margin. San Jose had four different 30-goal scorers to finish Burns’ set-up attempts, with Hertl, Pavelski, Meier, and Evander Kane reaching the benchmark.
San Jose erased some playoff demons by beating both Vegas and Colorado in seven games to advance to the Western Conference Finals. However, the Sharks couldn’t get past the St. Louis Blues, falling to the Blues in six games.
San Jose Sharks Season Recap
The Sharks were considered a dark horse to win the Stanley Cup coming into the 2019-20 season. San Jose had made it to the Western Conference Finals the previous season, surpassing the 40-win mark for the sixth straight campaign. Unfortunately, they ended up being the worst team in the Western Conference and the third-worst team in the NHL. San Jose had the third-worst offense in the conference, scoring just 182 goals all year, and the Sharks dug themselves holes by allowing a Western Conference worst 226 goals.
It was only a matter of time before this team’s run came to an end given the number of old veterans on the roster, but no one expected to run into a brick wall. Joe Thornton was a shadow of his former self, tallying just 31 points with a -19 plus/minus at the age of 40. Erik Karlsson and Brent Burns were even more disappointing though as they were supposed to form the best blue line tandem in the NHL. The pair of Norris Trophy winners combined for just 18 goals and 67 assists, and both players were at the bottom of the league in overall plus/minus.
Evander Kane led the team in goals, but he was a mixed bag as more than half his goals came on the power play. Additionally, Kane was in the sin bin far too often given he was one of the team’s best offensive weapons. He led the league in penalty minutes with 122 PIM.
The goaltending for San Jose has never been great, but the Sharks plummeted through the floor on the back end this year. Their offensive inclined blue liners left Martin Jones and Aaron Dell out to dry, and both goaltenders ended the season with GAAs north of 3.00. That number is especially alarming for Jones, since he made $6.75 million this year.
Last Five Seasons
||Lost Conference Finals
||Lost Second Round
||Lost First Round
||Lost Stanley Cup Finals
||Did Not Qualify
San Jose Sharks History
The Sharks were founded in 1991 as the NHL’s 22nd team. They were an immediate hit with their logo and teal colors, but the franchise became defined by continually choking in the postseason during the 21st Century. San Jose finished with 100 points or more nine times, yet the Sharks failed to make it further than the Western Conference Finals and were bounced before that point on five separate occasions. Still, you have to give it to any team that has been so consistent, as San Jose has made the postseason in 19 of the last 21 seasons.
It took the Sharks 18 trips to the postseason before they finally made it to a Stanley Cup Final. They knocked off the Kings, Predators, and Blues on their way to the finals, but then they had the misfortune of running into the Pittsburgh Penguins. Pittsburgh knocked off San Jose in six games.
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