6:16 AM EDT, Tue July 26, 2016
Fear The Fin Jul 15, 2016

2015-16 Sharks Season in Review: Melker Karlsson

Melker Karlsson struggled away from the Joes this season. Can he still provide value off of the top line? Melker Karlsson, like many players who filled the wing alongside Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski, posted much better numbers with the Joes than without. Like he did for much of last season, he spent most of his ice time playing on the Sharks’ top line in the regular season (nearly 193 minutes, according to Corsica Hockey). With the Joes, Karlsson posted positive even strength Corsi and Fenwick percentages relative to the team, meaning the Sharks attempted more shots with the trio on...
Fear The Fin Jul 10, 2016

The Morning Chum: Projecting the 2016-17 San Jose Sharks forwards

With the 2016 NHL season just ... 94 days away ... we’re taking a look at how the San Jose Sharks are likely to line up to open the campaign. Today we’re looking at the forwards. Line 1 On one hand, the Tomas Hertl, Joe Pavelski and Joe Thornton line was one of the best in hockey last season. When on the ice, the trio posted a fenwick-for percentage of 58.16 percent which was the fourth-best in the NHL (min. 250 minutes). So yeah, that’s pretty good. Oh right, the other hand. So the other hand is that I really want Hertl to center the third line which means Timo Meier kinda has to...
San Jose Mercury News Jul 5, 2016

Patrick Marleau adopted ice cat Jo Pavelski

Black cat who ran across SAP Center ice has a new home with the Sharks' all-time leading scorer.
Fear The Fin Jul 5, 2016

Celebrating Joe Pavelski Day

All our posts from Joe Pavelski Day. Joe Pavelski wasn’t supposed to be a superstar. Hell, he wasn’t supposed to make the NHL. Nobody thought this undersized kid from Wisconsin could hack it in the NHL. He just didn’t have the size and his scoring wasn’t going to translate to the professional game, right? Here’s what San Jose Mercury News writer Victor Chi wrote about Pavelski after the Sharks drafted him in the seventh round of the 2003 draft: Center Joe Pavelski, a seventh-round pick, will play another season with Waterloo in the USHL but has committed to the University of...
Fear The Fin Jul 5, 2016

Can Timo Meier make the Sharks this season?

We look at the Swiss player’s odds. Timo Meier doesn’t need anything more from junior hockey. Coming off a season where he played for two teams, the second of which (Rouyn-Noranda) won the Quebec Junior Major Hockey League title, and scored 87 points in 52 regular season games. That ground has been plowed as much as necessary and it’s time for Meier to make his professional debut. The question now is whether the No. 9 pick from the 2015 draft will make that debut with the Sharks or the Barracuda. Meier turns 20 in October, making him eligible to join the ‘Cuda, but he likely has...
Fear The Fin Jul 5, 2016

2015-16 Sharks Season Review: Joe Thornton

Adversity is a hell of a thing. Joe Thornton could have pouted and become a nuisance to the San Jose Sharks after all the talk surrounding the Sharks’ captaincy. Thornton decided instead to do what he always does, put up plenty of points. In the grand scheme of this season, Thornton may be forgotten. He didn’t score like Pavelski in the regular season and he didn’t put up the playoff points of a Logan Couture. I am sure that will suit him just fine, as he continues to be one of the most underrated stars in the NHL. Nobody passes like Jumbo Joe and at a point per game this past season,...
Fear The Fin Jul 4, 2016

How Joe Pavelski went from a seventh-round pick to a superstar

Joe Pavelski wasn’t supposed to be a superstar. Hell, he wasn’t supposed to make the NHL. Nobody thought this undersized kid from Wisconsin could hack it in the NHL. He just didn’t have the size and his scoring wasn’t going to translate to the professional game, right? Here’s what San Jose Mercury News writer Victor Chi wrote about Pavelski after the Sharks drafted him in the seventh round of the 2003 draft: Center Joe Pavelski, a seventh-round pick, will play another season with Waterloo in the USHL but has committed to the University of Wisconsin for 2004-05. That’s it. Who...
Fear The Fin Jul 4, 2016

Joe Pavelski headshots through the years

They grow up so fast. Since joining the Sharks during the 2006-07 season, Joe Pavelski has accomplished a lot. He’s one of the best scorers in the NHL, especially on the power play, and he’s an elite possession driver for San Jose. To celebrate the fourth of July, we’re taking a walk down memory lane to see how Pavelski has grown up right before our eyes. Photo by Baby’s First NHL Mugshot. This was taken ahead of the 2007-08 season, back when he was a fresh-faced kid from Wisconsin. Photo by Jamie Squire/ Pavelski’s first Team USA...
Fear The Fin Jul 4, 2016

Picking Joe Pavelski’s Bucky Barnes

Captain America without Bucky Barnes just doesn’t work. Or, it doesn’t work now. It worked really well for 60 years before Barnes returned as the Winter Soldier and now the two are officially a package deal again. Thanks for sticking with me through that bit of backstory. In celebration of the Fourth of July, we’re taking time to honor the San Jose Sharks Captain America, Joe Pavelski. We’ve looked at some of his best goals, seen how he’s grown up over the years and even tackled his origin story. Now we need to pick Pavelski’s Barnes. Let’s go through the candidates first....
Fear The Fin Jul 4, 2016

Joe Pavelski’s goals and assists while with Team USA

Joe Pavelski will play with Team USA again in the inaugural World Cup of Hockey this September (just two months away now!) to mark his fourth appearance on the American national team. Pavelski has two Olympics and one World Championship under his belt with Team USA during which he has two goals and eight assists in 17 games. His best finish came in 2010 when the United States took the silver medal in the Vancouver Olympics. In honor of the Fourth of July, let’s hit the tape to reminisce about Pavelski’s best moments with Team USA. We’ll do this one chronologically, okay? Okay....
Fear The Fin Jul 4, 2016

The Daily Chum: Counting down Joe Pavelski’s best goals

In honor of the Fourth of July, Fear the Fin is all Joe Pavelski all the time. Let’s start by celebrating the Sharks’ great American goal scorer by, well, looking at his goals. Pavelski scored 38 goals last year and has bagged 266 goals in 755 NHL regular season games. Tack on 40 goals in 109 playoff games and you’ve got 375 goals since his first NHL game back in the 2006-07 season. Some of those goals have been bigger and better than others and today I’m going to take a look at five of the best goals Captain America has ever scored. Given his impressive scoring track record, I’m...
Fear The Fin Jul 3, 2016

2015-16 Sharks Season Review: Joe Pavelski

Things went well for Joe Pavelski in his first season as the San Jose Sharks captain. In addition to not being stripped of the captaincy midseason (okay, that wasn’t ever going to happen), he scored 38 goals and had 40 assists in what was his second-best point season ever. He finished 14th in Hart voting, was an all-star and 11th in Selke voting; so yeah, you could say Pavelski had a fine year. Remember when he scored 41 goals three seasons ago and I assumed that was at least a bit of a fluke? Past me was an idiot. For the third-straight year he has scored more than 35 goals, becoming an...
Fear The Fin Jul 2, 2016

Tommy Wingels likely to be the odd Shark out

The signing of Mikkel Boedker brought the Sharks within $2.3 million of the cap, according to General Fanager. And that’s before coming to terms with Matt Nieto and Dylan DeMelo, whose combined salary will likely get very close to or surpass that number. Oh, and then there’s the matter of Timo Meier’s contract, which will be just under a million dollars. So something’s gotta give — and it’s probably going to be Tommy Wingels. Assuming the Sharks reach a deal with Nieto, here’s how they’ll probably line up: Timo Meier — Joe Thornton — Joe Pavelski Joonas Donskoi —...

Hertl, Sharks see new deal as a step toward better days

The Sharks made official Thursday a deal that had been reported earlier in the week, signing pending restricted-free-agent forward Tomas Hertl to a two-year contract worth a reported $6 million, keeping one of the team’s top young players in the fold as the Sharks try to build on last season’s trip to the Stanley Cup Finals. Hertl, 22, is coming off his best season as a pro, having recorded career highs with 21 goals and 25 assists in 81 games. The Sharks’ 2012 first-round pick thrived when moved to the top line with Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski in the middle of the season — he had...
Fear The Fin Jun 26, 2016

What do the Sharks need this offseason?

We look at the holes in the current roster. With the draft behind us and free agency looming, we can finally take a comprehensive look at what the Sharks have to work with this offseason. I’m going to group all the 2015-16 Sharks into three categories: Signed, UFAs and RFAs. From there, we can see what holes need to be plugged. Signed These Sharks are under contract for the 2017-18 season. All salary information comes from GeneralFanager.com. Forwards (9, $34,453,332) Joe Thornton, $6,750,000 Patrick Marleau, $6,666,666 Joe Pavelski, $6,000,000 Logan Couture , $6,000,000 Joel Ward,...

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