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San Jose Sharks

Oktoberfest Sharks Style

sharksfan When it came to the tangibles we said early in the season that the San Jose Sharks needed two things: production from the blue line and diversified offense output.

We’ve known we needed a more productive blue line for a few seasons now, hence the Brian Campbell acquisition. We‘ve also felt the analysis of this year‘s defensive changes after losing Campbell were not practical. Nevertheless the Sharks defense is ranked 4th in goals against average (2.27 per game) and 1st in shots against (23.4 per game). Our new defensemen have produced as follows:

Dan Blake has 9 points and is +2
Rob Blake has 4 points and is +/- 0
Brad Lukowich has 0 points and is +3

As far as offensive diversity, 8 Sharks are within 3 points of each other:

Patrick Marleau 10
Devin Setoguchi 10
Joe Thornton 9
Joe Pavelski 9
Dan Boyle 9
Christian Ehrhoff 9
Marc-Edouard Vlasic 7
Ryane Clowe 7

If the guys on NHL Home Ice are correct this kind of diversity is exactly what the Sharks need if they want to be a solid contender next Spring.

The rest of the numbers for October: 9-2-0 with 18 points, second in the NHL behind the New York Rangers (who have played two more games than the Sharks). The Sharks are average on special teams falling in the upper middle of the league in power play scoring (15th) and penalty kill (11th) - we could really use some of Todd McLellan’s power play coaching. Interesting stat, the Sharks are tied for first with 5 short handed goals (Philadelphia is the other team with two of those five goals coming against the Sharks).

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One comment for “Oktoberfest Sharks Style”

  1. This is promising, and the more people involved the better. After all, teams can choose to focus on Thornton and Marleau but then players like Clowe and Setoguichi can sweep in score those goals. Then what are the teams gonna do, concentrate on them, well then hello Joe and Patrick and Cheech ( I think he’s just getting ready to go on a scoring tear.)
    How does a Sharks fan end up in the CZ? Well, it just seemed like the place to be. Plus, believe it or not, it’s easier to teach here than in the US, and they love hockey.

    Posted by ianNo Gravatar | November 5, 2008, 1:55 am

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