San Jose Sharks Quietly Repeating History
San Jose Sharks fans know all too well that the team is not playing as well as we know they can. The bar, unfortunately, was set extremely high during that monumental run of October - December 2008. We can see that our team is slowly trying to assimilate all their summertime acquisitions as well as really bring up many of the kids from Worcester. But guess what Sharks fans – despite all that - we’re actually on pace with last year.
Having played 17 games this season the Sharks are 11-4-2 with 24 points. We’ve scored 56 goals and given up 42. After 17 games last season, the Sharks were 13-3-1 with 27 points. We had scored 57 goals and given up 42.
All season long it has felt like the offense still hasn’t hit its stride and the defense is prone to miscommunication, however the numbers say otherwise. Last night I did notice that it never seemed to matter who was on the ice, that the Sharks pressure was consistent up and down the lines.
What does it all mean? It means that this team might be better than last year’s offering. One of the things I worry about is that a lot of the younger player will probably hit that wall next spring – so it’s up to Todd McClellan to manage that properly. The team may not look as “fluid” as last season but it does get the job done. And that’s all we really care about – getting “The Job” done.