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Pacific Peeks: Anaheim Ducks

Pacific Peeks: Anaheim Ducks

Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports A bounce back is all but certain, but to what end? While the Anaheim Ducks had a bad 2018-19, it seems unlikely that they don’t improve in 2019-20, even if by pure regression upwards. Beset by injury, miserable puck luck, a streak of 19 losses in 21 games and a strangely long leash on historically ineffective head coach Randy Carlyle, the Ducks’ misfortunes last season were numerable, and resulted in a swift trip to the basement of the weakest division in the NHL. This season, don’t expect the Ducks to challenge for the Cup or dominate the NHL or...
Sep 14, 2019
FtF Book Club: The Boys of Winter

FtF Book Club: The Boys of Winter

/Fear the Fin illustration by JD Young Why is the second-youngest person on staff reviewing this book? Hello and we’re sorry for taking so long to give you the second installment of the Fear the Fin Summer Book Club. We’ve missed some books I was really looking forward to. Today’s book wasn’t on the tentative schedule but we hope you enjoy reading about my experience reading it anyway. I’m probably the wrong person to be reviewing this book, though. The Boys of Winter: The Untold Story of a Coach, a Dream, and the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team was published in 2005, when I was...
Sep 14, 2019
Taking a look at the Sharks’ new leadership group

Taking a look at the Sharks’ new leadership group

Photo by Brandon Magnus/NHLI via On a team with many big personalities, Logan Couture has risen above the rest to become the next captain of the Sharks. During the training camp press conference with San Jose Sharks Head Coach Peter Deboer announcing the team’s new captain on October 5, 2015 he said, “We’ve got a leadership group around those three guys, but those are the guys that are wearing the letter during the year.” That leadership group was Joe Pavelski, Joe Thornton and Logan Couture. Pavelski served as the captain from the 2015-16 season to the 2018-19 season. With...
Sep 13, 2019
Sharks cut six players from training camp roster

Sharks cut six players from training camp roster

Photo by Jeff Gritchen/MediaNews Group/Orange County Register via Zachary Emond was among six players returned to their junior clubs. On the first day of training camp, San Jose Sharks General Manager Doug Wilson has already made up his mind on the first batch of players that will not be suiting up for either the Sharks or their AHL-affiliated San Jose Barracuda to begin the season. Wilson announced today that Mitchell Brewer, Zachary Emond, Zach Gallant, Jake Gricius, Jake Lee and Hudson Wilson were all returned to their junior clubs. The Sharks’ training camp roster now stands at 56...
Sep 12, 2019
Logan Couture named Sharks captain

Logan Couture named Sharks captain

Photo by Elsa/ It’s been a long time coming. The San Jose Sharks will be going into the season with several holes up front, including a vacancy left by former captain and long-time Shark Joe Pavelski, who signed with the Dallas Stars in free agency. While his roster spot is still a series of question marks, the Sharks have filled the leadership role he left behind by naming center Logan Couture as the team’s tenth captain in franchise history. “Since I arrived in San Jose four seasons ago, we have been blessed with a tremendous amount of leadership on our roster,” said Head...
Sep 11, 2019
Notes from the Rookie Faceoff

Notes from the Rookie Faceoff

Kings’ Sean Durzi (50) works to keep the puck away from the Sharks’ Jacob McGrew (64) during their game in the 2019 Anaheim Rookie Face Off at the Great Park Ice & Fivepoint Arena in Irvine, CA | Photo by Jeff Gritchen/MediaNews Group/Orange County Register via IRVINE, Ca. — This fall, the Rookie Faceoff feels a little different for the San Jose Sharks. Last September, a deep San Jose NHL squad didn’t offer the possibility of many openings for its prospects. A testament to their depth, the Sharks finished with nine 50-point-plus scorers last season, four more than any other...
Sep 11, 2019
Ex-Shark of the Week: Devin Setoguchi

Ex-Shark of the Week: Devin Setoguchi

Photo by Jamie Sabau/ “The light that burns twice as bright burns half as long.” The San Jose Sharks of the late 2000s were a force to be reckoned with, stringing together several consecutive 100+ point campaigns, winning the President’s Trophy in the 2008-09 season and establishing themselves as a regular fixture in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. For a brief period, young winger Devin Setoguchi was one of the team’s most exciting, albeit streaky players, providing fans with electric playoff memories and tantalizing them with what appeared to be bursts of incredible potential....
Sep 10, 2019
An interview with the UMass Director of Hockey Ops

An interview with the UMass Director of Hockey Ops

Photo by Elsa/ Mario Ferraro and John Leonard have skills that may help them reach their projected upsides. For all the advancements we’ve seen in the field of National Hockey League (NHL) analytics, we’ve witnessed relatively few developments in the world of prospect evaluation. The two major reasons are, first, that the statistics available vary from league to league. Numbers that have become commonplace at the highest professional level, such as 5-on-5 shot attempts, aren’t available for American Hockey League (AHL) games. Second, the video of these leagues’ games isn’t...
Sep 9, 2019
A look back at the Sharks’ former captains

A look back at the Sharks’ former captains

/Fear the Fin illustration by JD Young Wearing the “C” for the Sharks hasn’t been easy. After free agency saw Joe Pavelski moving on to the Dallas Stars, the San Jose Sharks are once again in search of someone to wear the “C” and represent the team. It’s the first time team teal has been without a captain since 2015, when Pavelski (somewhat controversially) took the helm as the ninth captain in the team’s history. It’s been four years since the Sharks have looked for a new locker room leader. Here’s a look back at the players who have led the team over the years. Doug...
Sep 6, 2019
Sharks sign Joe Thornton to one-year contract

Sharks sign Joe Thornton to one-year contract

Photo by Ezra Shaw/ As if there was any doubt. After the San Jose Sharks’ loss in Game 6 of the Western Conference Final to the St. Louis Blues that knocked them out of the Stanley Cup chase, Joe Thornton told the media that he hadn’t made any decisions on his future — his one-year deal for 2018-19 was set to expire on July 1 — but if he was to return to the NHL, it wouldn’t be anywhere else but San Jose. Three months later, the heart and soul of the Sharks has returned for another season in teal. Sharks General Manager Doug Wilson announced on Friday morning that the Sharks...
Sep 5, 2019
Kendall Coyne Schofield joins the Sharks

Kendall Coyne Schofield joins the Sharks

Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports ...Broadcast team When Kendall Coyne Schofield stepped onto the ice at SAP Center in January 2019, she didn’t realize that she was forming a new bond with the team hosting the NHL All-Star Game. Turns out, it’s a pretty strong bond. In an announcement released on Twitter this morning, Coyne Schofield said she’s joining the Sharks’ Broadcast Team. We have big news from @KendallCoyne. pic.twitter.com/IYVTZ4VJf0— San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) September 5, 2019 Coyne Schofield will join the team as a color commentator in some of the Sharks’...
Aug 22, 2019
Sharks announce 2019 Rookie Faceoff roster and schedule

Sharks announce 2019 Rookie Faceoff roster and schedule

Two 2019 draft picks will participate in the tournament in Anaheim. The San Jose Sharks will participate in the 2019 Anaheim Rookie Faceoff hosted by the Anaheim Ducks from September 7 through September 10. In addition to the Sharks and Ducks, prospects for the Los Angeles Kings, Arizona Coyotes, Vegas Golden Knights and Colorado Avalanche will be on the round-robin schedule. The Sharks announced their roster for the Faceoff on Thursday afternoon. There are 18 forwards, 10 defenders and three goaltenders. Known prospects on the roster include forwards Ivan Chekhovich, Sasha Chmelevski and...