San Jose Sharks Season Preview
(Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group)

So, as it turns out, the San Jose Sharks did not qualify for the bubble this year. They finished 8th in the pacific division. They haven’t missed the playoffs since 1998. A lot of these players have hit a bit of a mid-career slump, so the question for this season is, can they fix it? 

Key Additions: Devon Dubnyk (Minnesota Wild) 

Devon had a bit of a rough season in Minnesota but he really has a big opportunity here in San Jose to grow with the team and make them stronger. 

Losses: Joe Thornton (Toronto Maple Leafs) 

I don’t know if I know a single thing about Joe Thornton other than that he’s been playing professional hockey since before I was born. Thornton was drafted first overall in 1997 by Boston. He has played the second-most games in the NHL without winning a cup. With over 1,500 games under his belt, San Jose is losing quite a hockey legend. 

Forward Line Predictions: 
Evander KaneLogan CoutureTimo Meier
Ryan DonatoTomas HertlKevin Labanc
Patrick MarleauDylan GambrellMarcus Sorensen 
Matthew Nieto Joel Kellman Stefan Noesen 
Defensive Pairing Predictions: 
Radim SimekBrent Burns 
Marc-Eduard Vlasic Erik Karlsson
Mario Ferraro Jacob Middleton 

The Sharks acquired Devon Dubnyk from Minnesota because goaltending…has not been a strong suit for them. Hopefully, he’ll be able to work with Martin Jones who is already with San Jose, and make goaltending a little bit more consistent for the Sharks moving forward. 

Overall, I think there is a lot of potential on this San Jose Sharks team but I’m not sure if this 56 game season playing the same seven teams eight times is really going to bode well for them. I don’t see their season going the way Sharks fans would like it to. 

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