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Fear The Fin Nov 26, 2020
Top 25 Under 25: No. 23 Zach Gallant was once OHL’s most improved — what’s next?

Top 25 Under 25: No. 23 Zach Gallant was once OHL’s most improved — what’s next?

Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via This newcomer earned a contract at Sharks development camp, but also showed off a riskier side to his play. Zach Gallant’s rookie OHL season was nothing to write home about. The center joined the Peterborough Petes for 51 games and tallied just four assists, 23 penalty minutes and a -16 rating. For a fifth overall selection by the Petes in the 2015 OHL Priority Selection, it was even more disappointing. But for as bad as it began for Gallant, he turned it around quickly. His sophomore season, he improved to 21 goals and 26 assists,...
Fear The Fin Nov 22, 2020
Top 25 Under 25: No. 24 Josef Korenar is hoping for a bounce-back year

Top 25 Under 25: No. 24 Josef Korenar is hoping for a bounce-back year

Photo by Nicholas T. LoVerde/ His first season as an AHL starter was rough, but can Korenar prove he’s still starting material? Though 22-year-old goaltender Josef Korenar just barely made our rankings, he’s the player whose appearance in the Top 25 San Jose Sharks Under 25 surprises me the most. He received just 29 of a possible 62 votes — the fewest of anyone in the top 25 — but his average rating was between 16th and 17th place, bumping him into the rankings by the skin of his teeth. Korenar got his start in Czech youth leagues and representing the Czech...
Fear The Fin Nov 21, 2020
Top 25 Under 25: Could no. 25 Daniil Gushchin become a pint-sized Ovechkin?

Top 25 Under 25: Could no. 25 Daniil Gushchin become a pint-sized Ovechkin?

Photo by Justin Berl/ The Russian winger draws comparisons to Ovi — both good and bad. We open our Top 25 San Jose Sharks Under 25 series with a selection from the 2020 NHL Draft. The team traded a fourth- and fifth-round pick (100th and 126th overall) to the Edmonton Oilers in order to draft Russian winger Daniil Gushchin in the third round, 76 overall. Prior to the draft, Gushchin was ranked as high as 41 (NHL Central Scouting, North American Skaters) and as low as 84 (McKeen’s Hockey). The Sharks didn’t have a third-round selection, as their original pick was...
Fear The Fin Nov 20, 2020
Top 25 Under 25: Honorable Mentions

Top 25 Under 25: Honorable Mentions

Photo by Richard A. Whittaker/Icon Sportswire via Which five prospects nearly made out rankings? The votes are in and finally counted, and tomorrow we’ll start counting down the top 25 San Jose Sharks prospects under 25 years old. Before we get to that though, I wanted to walk through the tallying process and look at the five prospects who almost made the cut. This year, we had 62 total ballots cast. Each ranking position (1-25) was assigned a value, starting with 25 and descending (1=25 points, 2=24 points, 3=23 points, etc.). I tallied each player’s total votes...
Fear The Fin Nov 17, 2020
Overseas Update: Marcus Sorensen shines with Swedish club

Overseas Update: Marcus Sorensen shines with Swedish club

Photo by Brandon Magnus/NHLI via The Sharks winger leads the second tier Swedish league in scoring. Marcus Sorensen is finding his game back in his home country. Through 14 games with HC Vita Hästen, the 28-year-old forward is leading the HockeyAllsvenskan — Sweden’s second tier men’s hockey league — in goals (11) and points (24), while ranking second in assists (13). Before joining the Sharks in 2016, Sorensen played three seasons in HockeyAllsvenskan, with Borås HC and Djurgårdens IF, as well as two seasons with the Djurgårdens IF top-tier SHL team. He...
Fear The Fin Nov 16, 2020
‘Reverse Retro’ Sharks jerseys unveiled by Adidas, NHL

‘Reverse Retro’ Sharks jerseys unveiled by Adidas, NHL

Photo by Brandon Magnus/NHLI via The Sharks go back to ‘98 in this retro inspired look. After a couple of teasers last week, the Reverse Retro “fourth jersey” series from Adidas was officially released for all 31 teams early Monday morning. This marks the first time that all 31 teams have participated in a league-wide alternate jersey program. As predicted, the San Jose Sharks went with the team’s away jersey from 1998-2001, reversing the color palette for a primarily light gray jersey with teal and black accents and the vintage Sharks logo. The team released this short teaser...
Fear The Fin Nov 13, 2020
Top 25 Under 25 Preview: The Undrafted

Top 25 Under 25 Preview: The Undrafted

Photo by Anatoly Medved\TASS via The Sharks’ goaltending depth might hinge on two undrafted goaltenders. While voting is open for Fear the Fin’s annual Top 25 San Jose Sharks Under 25 series, we’re going to familiarize you with the young players in the Sharks system. Working from the 2014 NHL Draft through the most recent draft, we’ll fill you in on each player’s history with the organization. They’ll be brief — the deep dive will happen with the top 25 players — but hopefully will assist with your voting process. Part of what has kept the Sharks competitive is their...
Fear The Fin Nov 13, 2020
Top 25 Under 25 Preview: 2019 Draft Class

Top 25 Under 25 Preview: 2019 Draft Class

Photo by Bruce Bennett/ The Sharks scouted Russia heavily in 2019. While voting is open for Fear the Fin’s annual Top 25 San Jose Sharks Under 25 series, we’re going to familiarize you with the young players in the Sharks system. Working from the 2014 NHL Draft through the most recent draft, we’ll fill you in on each player’s history with the organization. They’ll be brief — the deep dive will happen with the top 25 players — but hopefully will assist with your voting process. The Sharks had another five-selection draft in 2019. Armed without a first-round pick, the team...
Fear The Fin Nov 11, 2020
Top 25 Under 25 Preview: 2018 Draft Class

Top 25 Under 25 Preview: 2018 Draft Class

Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via The Sharks have retained four of their five selections from the 2018 draft. While voting is open for Fear the Fin’s annual Top 25 San Jose Sharks Under 25 series, we’re going to familiarize you with the young players in the Sharks system. Working from the 2014 NHL Draft through the most recent draft, we’ll fill you in on each player’s history with the organization. They’ll be brief — the deep dive will happen with the top 25 players — but hopefully will assist with your voting process. The 2018 NHL Draft saw the Sharks with just five...
Fear The Fin Nov 10, 2020
Sharks, Adidas tease ‘reverse retro’ jersey

Sharks, Adidas tease ‘reverse retro’ jersey

The ‘retro’ inspired jerseys might be drawing on the Sharks’ 1998-2001 sweater. Rumors have been swirling and a few designs may have been leaked, but earlier today, Adidas Hockey rolled out a new teaser for each team’s “fourth jersey” for the upcoming season. The concept, dubbed “Reverse Retro,” has been described as “retro, with a twist” — though the teaser hints at what that twist is. The San Jose Sharks released the teaser clip for their Reverse Retro jersey on Twitter: #ReverseRetro @adidashockey pic.twitter.com/cHjVlZJXwP— San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks)...
Fear The Fin Nov 8, 2020
Top 25 Under 25 Preview: 2017 Draft Class

Top 25 Under 25 Preview: 2017 Draft Class

Photo by Brandon Magnus/NHLI via This drafted stocked the cupboards and they’ve stayed surprisingly full. While voting is open for Fear the Fin’s annual Top 25 San Jose Sharks Under 25 series, we’re going to familiarize you with the young players in the Sharks system. Working from the 2014 NHL Draft through the most recent draft, we’ll fill you in on each player’s history with the organization. They’ll be brief — the deep dive will happen with the top 25 players — but hopefully will assist with your voting process. A quick programming note: voting has been extended to...
Fear The Fin Nov 7, 2020
Top 25 Under 25 Preview: 2016 Draft Class

Top 25 Under 25 Preview: 2016 Draft Class

Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via We’re getting closer and closer to total prospects territory. While voting is open for Fear the Fin’s annual Top 25 San Jose Sharks Under 25 series, we’re going to familiarize you with the young players in the Sharks system. Working from the 2014 NHL Draft through the most recent draft, we’ll fill you in on each player’s history with the organization. They’ll be brief — the deep dive will happen with the top 25 players — but hopefully will assist with your voting process. Next, we’re looking at the 2016 Draft. Thanks to...
Fear The Fin Nov 4, 2020
Overseas Update: Sharks loan four more players abroad

Overseas Update: Sharks loan four more players abroad

Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Alex True and Lean Bergmann return to their home countries in search of ice time. With rumors that the NHL may have to push its return to February, the San Jose Sharks have been loaning more prospects and fringe NHL players overseas to keep them in shape during this extended off-season. Since last week, four more players have been loaned to European clubs. On Wednesday, German center Lean Bergmann was loaned to Adler Mannheim in his home country’s Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL). Due to the 2019-20 playoffs being cancelled, Mannheim is the last...
Fear The Fin Nov 2, 2020
Sharks sign Kurtis Gabriel to one-year contract

Sharks sign Kurtis Gabriel to one-year contract

Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via The winger is hoping to break through in teal this season. The San Jose Sharks have signed winger Kurtis Gabriel to a one-year contract worth $700,000, the club announced Monday afternoon. Gabriel’s contract includes a minors salary of $175,000. The 27-year-old is coming off an identical one-year contract with the Philadelphia Flyers organization. Gabriel was drafted as an overager out of the Owen Sound Attack of the OHL in the third round of the 2013 NHL Draft by the Minnesota Wild. There, he mostly played with their AHL affiliate, the Iowa...
Fear The Fin Nov 1, 2020
Top 25 Under 25 Preview: 2015 Draft Class

Top 25 Under 25 Preview: 2015 Draft Class

Photo by Dave Sandford/NHLI via What time is it? It’s Timo Time! While voting is open for Fear the Fin’s annual Top 25 San Jose Sharks Under 25 series, we’re going to familiarize you with the young players in the Sharks system. Working from the 2014 NHL Draft through the most recent draft, we’ll fill you in on each player’s history with the organization. They’ll be brief — the deep dive will happen with the top 25 players — but hopefully will assist with your voting process. Right now, we’re looking at the 2015 Draft. After a miserable year, Sharks fans were rewarded...

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