11:53 AM EDT, Tue June 18, 2019
20 hours ago
Off the Charts Draft Series: 5 players for the Sharks at No. 91

Off the Charts Draft Series: 5 players for the Sharks at No. 91

Whomst will fall into the bottom of the third round? Before the Philadelphia Eagles hired Naminta Nandakumar as a quantitative analyst, she authored a number of articles related to the National Hockey League (NHL) draft. Her research paper, “What Does It Mean To Draft Perfectly? An Evaluation Of Draft Strategy In The National Hockey League,” can inform hypothetical decisions about draft picks. Essentially, the paper argues that the way to get the best value out of a draft pick is to not pick a player until the last possible opportunity to do so. Using her work as a guideline for this...
23 hours ago
Sharks re-sign Erik Karlsson to 8-year deal

Sharks re-sign Erik Karlsson to 8-year deal

Karlsson is set to become the league’s highest-paid defender. Per TSN’s Bob MacKenzie and The Athletic’s Pierre LeBrun, the San Jose Sharks have re-signed top defenseman — and would-be top Unrestricted Free Agent — Erik Karlsson to the maximum eight-year contract. While the contract details have not been released, the average annual value is expected to be around $11.5 million, making Karlsson the highest paid defender in the league and only the second active defender with an AAV over $11 million (after Drew Doughty, who signed an eight-year, $88 million contract with the Los...
Jun 14, 2019
2018-19 Season Review: What can be learned from Marc-Edouard Vlasic’s decline?

2018-19 Season Review: What can be learned from Marc-Edouard Vlasic’s decline?

It’s difficult to believe this is a blip on his performance radar. It took a while for this writer to realize it, but Marc-Edouard Vlasic struggled this season. A bad season wouldn’t necessarily be cause for alarm, if there were plausible explanations for the down year being an aberration. But Vlasic turned 32 in March and his performance looks like it’s another data point in a trend line going the wrong direction. Evolving Hockey Uh-oh Wins or goals above replacement (W/GAR), like any statistic, is never going to be perfect. This version of WAR looks mostly...
Jun 13, 2019
2018-19 Season Review: This isn’t the last of Antti Suomela

2018-19 Season Review: This isn’t the last of Antti Suomela

Although his NHL stint was short, Suomela’s time in San Jose doesn’t seem to be up yet. When Antti Suomela signed with the San Jose Sharks last summer, General Manager Doug Wilson stated that there were “a number of teams” who were interested in signing Suomela. While that number swayed in other reports, Suomela’s agent, Markus Lehto, had the best idea of the actual number, telling The Athletic’s Kevin Kurz that “half the league” wanted Suomela’s signature. Despite the nearly league-wide interest in him, the 25-year-old Finland native decided to sign with the Sharks in...
Jun 13, 2019
Playoffs Round Up: Final ends with Couture on top

Playoffs Round Up: Final ends with Couture on top

Also, the Blues won. This was possibly the least fun I’ve had watching the Stanley Cup Final since that one time the San Jose Sharks lost in it. This wasn’t the result any of us wanted after the series the Sharks endured against the St. Louis Blues, I’m sure. Anyway, here’s what happened. I’m sorry you have to read this. Game 4 The series returned to St. Louis and the Blues came out on top. Ryan O’Reilly opened up scoring early in the first. Charlie Coyle responded for the Boston Bruins, but it wasn’t long until Vladimir Tarasenko regained the lead. Brandon Carlo came back in...
Jun 12, 2019
Playoffs Dayoffs: Preview and discussion thread, 6/12

Playoffs Dayoffs: Preview and discussion thread, 6/12

And then there was one It’s all come down to this. For the first time since 2011, the Stanley Cup Final is going to Game 7 and, just like in 2011, it’s the friggin’ Boston Bruins again. While San Jose Sharks fans certainly seem to have split loyalties, considering the St. Louis Blues were the architects of the Sharks most recent ignominious exit and Boston has had more than their fair share of recent championships, a winner-take-Cup game is required viewing for hockey fans of every color. That last Game 7, which the Bruins took from the Vancouver Canucks by the resounding score of...
Jun 12, 2019
2018-19 Season Review: Logan Couture comes in clutch

2018-19 Season Review: Logan Couture comes in clutch

They don’t call him Clutchure for nothin’. While browsing Twitter, I saw a hypothetical thread of hockey fans talking about their ideal off-season acquisition in a perfect world. At the top of someone’s list was Logan Couture, and can you blame them? His performance in the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs alone was enough to write home about. He played consistent hockey and came in clutch when his team needed him most. For years now, Logan Couture has felt like the San Jose Sharks’ best kept secret. He’s somehow stayed under the radar in the National Hockey League world while Sharks fans...
Jun 11, 2019
2018-19 Season Review: Martin Jones and the tale of two goaltenders

2018-19 Season Review: Martin Jones and the tale of two goaltenders

Like him or not, the Sharks lived and died by the man in the net. There’s one phrase that perfectly encapsulates Martin Jones’ 2018-19 season: roller coaster. In a way, Jones was the living embodiment of the this year’s San Jose Sharks. He had all the components of a champion, routinely under-performed during the regular season, but caught fire in the playoffs, only to have it snuffed out in brutal fashion. No other Sharks player, not even Erik “Balls of Steel” Karlsson, had a more polarizing campaign than the 29-year-old netminder from North Vancouver. He played in front of...
Jun 10, 2019
2018-19 Season Review: Aaron Dell, trade bait?

2018-19 Season Review: Aaron Dell, trade bait?

The backup goaltender appears to be nothing more than a backup. What looked like a promising goaltending tandem at the start of the 2018-19 season fell apart — to put it mildly — when it was put into actual game situations. As the Martin Jones review will get into, Jones was much less than reliable this past season. Unfortunately, Aaron Dell regressed as well. Dell played in 25 games in 2018-19 and started in 20 of them. His record, a very blah 10-8-4, comes with a .866 save percentage and 3.17 goals against average. And while raw numbers like save percentage and goals against average...
Jun 9, 2019
Playoffs Dayoffs: Preview and discussion thread, 6/9

Playoffs Dayoffs: Preview and discussion thread, 6/9

The Cup is in the building. This is not a drill Despite reports to the contrary, the St. Louis Blues are still one win away from their first ever Stanley Cup championship. In what has become a dishearteningly recurring theme this postseason, the Blues’ run to what could have been a historic moment for the franchise and the league is tainted by controversy. That controversy was thrust into the spotlight when Ryan O’Reilly opened the scoring with six Blues skaters on the ice. That controversy was thrust another, different spotlight when David Perron scored what stood up to be the Blues’...
Jun 8, 2019
2018-19 Season Review: Timo “always trying to score” Meier

2018-19 Season Review: Timo “always trying to score” Meier

The rising star might even have more room to grow. No moment more succinctly summarized Timo Meier’s season than that which occurred in the Sharks’ locker room after Game 1 of the Western Conference Final. Meier had scored twice during the 6-3 victory, including a Forsberg-esque finish around Blues’ goalie Jordan Binnington. On Meier’s second goal, he deflected — from behind the goal line — the puck off Binnington and into the net. After the game, Meier was asked if he had intended to score the second goal. In an exchange that was somewhat reminiscent of Joe Thornton butting...
Jun 7, 2019
2018-19 Season Review: Barclay Goodrow’s disappointing career year

2018-19 Season Review: Barclay Goodrow’s disappointing career year

He scored a pretty important goal in the playoffs, though. Barclay Goodrow is not a polarizing figure in the Northern California sports landscape. In fact, as he ended the 2018-19 regular season, Goodrow was likely one of the least talked about players on the San Jose Sharks, for better or worse. On one hand, he quietly matched his career high in goals, and set a personal best in points; on the other, he played a full 82 game season, and the numbers he put up in the best season of his career were seven and 17, respectively. Sure, playing fourth-line minutes with linemates like Micheal...
Jun 6, 2019
2018-19 Season Review: Joonas Donskoi, the ultimate moneyball contract

2018-19 Season Review: Joonas Donskoi, the ultimate moneyball contract

Talk about providing value way over his salary cap hit. It seemed much of the criticism directed at Joonas Donskoi this season was about his lack of consistent scoring. It’s a perplexing bit of flack to hurl at the 27-year-old winger, especially when taking his salary cap hit into consideration. By scoring 37 points in 80 games, Donskoi collected 0.46 points for every game he played. Few players with his kind of contract added points to their scoresheet as often as he did, and many averaged a few more shifts each night. Point-per-game rates are poor ways to judge players, however....
Jun 3, 2019
Playoffs Dayoffs: Preview and discussion thread, 6/3

Playoffs Dayoffs: Preview and discussion thread, 6/3

“Wait, we get called on half of our head shots now?” After Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final, and the St. Louis Blues’ 2-7 embarrassment at the hands of the Boston Bruins, Blues head coach Craig Berube called out the travesty of justice that was the Bruins power play dominance throughout the game. The bench boss noted that his Blues were the “least penalized team in the league in the first three rounds,” and has now taken 14 penalties through three games in the Final. That’s an interesting claim, and it makes one wonder how he measures “least penalized.” If we assume unit...
Jun 3, 2019
Playoffs Round Up: Blues continue to head hunt

Playoffs Round Up: Blues continue to head hunt

A tactic Sharks fans know a little too well. Last time we spoke, I promised I wouldn’t have to talk to you about the Stanley Cup Final because the San Jose Sharks would be in it. Well, that didn’t turn out how I expected. So here we are, back again to chat about playoff hockey. The Final may not have shaped out how we wanted, but maybe that’s a good thing after seeing how dominant this Boston Bruins team really is. The St. Louis Blues have become a big enemy of ours, it’s okay to admit it. After playing dirty against our Sharks, we have every right to root against them. I’m sorry...