Predicting The Pacific is a week-long event where we will look at a different team each day of the week and take a guess at where they will be amongst the rest of the Pacific Division come the end of next season. Here we go.
The Sharks are the ageless wonder of the NHL, full of veteran work horses that are slowly edging their way towards retirement. Among the Sharks’ roster are players like Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau and Dan Boyle all players that are closer to their retirement than their wonder years.
Now don’t get me wrong, those are all players that are still dominant players in the NHL, but age is a mysterious thing and you never know when one’s age will start playing a factor in their production.
It is obvious that this team has plenty of veteran talent. But San Jose does have some young talent in Logan Couture and have committed to his talent with a newly signed, five-year contract extension. He is the future of the organization and everyone knows that. Outside of the aspects of age, San Jose is home to Joe Pavelski, Brad Stuart, Raffi Torres and Antti Niemi, all well-rounded players that know what it takes to win in the NHL.
The Sharks are a good team that is never the question. The question has been, when will the Sharks choke this season? Over the last six seasons the Sharks have won the Pacific Division four times. However, they continue to come up short of post season success and even getting a chance at trying for the Cup.
Will this be the year the Sharks finally see some offseason success? I’m sure Sharks management and their fans hope so, because with a team loaded with veterans one can’t help to think that if the Sharks don’t win soon, a rebuild could be in the cards.
But before the post season, the Sharks have to perform during the regulars season. So, how will the Sharks do in the regular season with the Pacific Division? Will they return to Division supremacy or will the team start to show their age?