In about five years, if you’re not already, we’re all going to look back and just wonder how in the hell the Sharks ever came out of the West. It was the perfect storm for them I suppose, as the bottom dropped out on pretty much every other team that had kept them down for so long and they were able to rise by standing still. It might be as good as things get for the Sharks for a while. Teams aren’t supposed to be completely handcuffed by the departure of a 35-year-old, one-dimensional scorer. It’s the kind of thing you buttress your team against. And yet, here the Sharks are, still holding a bouquet of flowers for Patrick Marleau in the rain, unaware that they’ve completely wilted now and wondering just where their love went. And it hasn’t allowed them to come up with too many answers otherwise either.
San Jose Sharks
’16-’17 Record: 46-29-7 99 points (3rd in Pacific, coldcocked by Oilers in Round 1)
Team Stats 5v5: 51.1 CF% (8th) 51.8 SF% (4th) 51.4 SCF% (9th) 7.8 SH% (14th) .924 SV% (12th)
Special Teams: 16.6 PP% (25th) 80.6 PK% (16th)