2:00 AM EDT, Mon September 24, 2018
11 hours ago
Sharks cut 16 more players from training camp

Sharks cut 16 more players from training camp

We’re getting closer to seeing the opening night lineup. The Sharks have trimmed their training camp roster by 16 more players, pushing the roster closer to its final form and giving fans a hint of what the opening night lineup will look like. The Sharks returned one player to his junior club: Jake McGrew - F The rest were assigned to the training camp of the San Jose Barracuda (AHL): Manuel Wiederer - F Vincent Praplan - F Lukas Radil - F Alex True - F Francis Perron - F Maxim Letunov - F Jayden Halbgewachs - F Noah Gregor - F Tim Clifton - F Jacob Middleton - D Cavan Fitzgerald -...
14 hours ago
Off the Charts: The Sharks’ 25 under 25 according to WAR

Off the Charts: The Sharks’ 25 under 25 according to WAR

Using wins above replacement measurements and a little bit of finagling we have our final answer. Over the past few years, a handful of enterprising statistics mavens on Twitter have taken it upon themselves to deliver us a wins above replacement (WAR) metric. Like the metric’s namesake in baseball, WAR tries to do two things: Control for and remove teammate and contextual information (zone starts, common teammates, ice time, among others), to try to isolate a player’s individual impact on the game. Give us a one-number metric that encompasses everything that player brings to...
17 hours ago
Pacific Peeks: Arizona Coyotes

Pacific Peeks: Arizona Coyotes

Watch out, the ‘Yotes could be the dark horse of the Pacific Division The Arizona Coyotes were abysmal last season, not winning their first game until the end of October. It was a little better from there on out, but nothing could dig them out of the hole they fell into at the start of the season. The Coyotes finished last in the Pacific Division (yes, even behind the Vancouver Canucks) with a 29-41-12 record (70 points). The Sharks and Coyotes will play four games this season, with the first meeting on December 8. They meet once more in December, once in January and wrap up the regular...
22 hours ago
Sharks 4, Golden Knights 5 (SO): Knights rally for a comeback win

Sharks 4, Golden Knights 5 (SO): Knights rally for a comeback win

You just can’t win ‘em all. The third match of the preseason saw most of the will-be starters in the lineup for the San Jose Sharks, including Joe Thornton who appeared in his first game since January. New Vegas Golden Knight Max Pacioretty opened up the scoring, but the Sharks quickly countered with a Brent Burns goal a few seconds later. Using numbers provided by Natural Stat Trick, the Sharks dominated possession with a 53.1 corsi for percent and generating eight scoring chances for in the first period. One of the scoring chances came courtesy of Timo Meier, who fired a wrist shot...
Sep 22, 2018
Sharks unveil new alternate jersey

Sharks unveil new alternate jersey

The “stealth” jersey will be available to purchase at Fan Fest tomorrow. The Sharks teased something that fans wouldn’t want to miss happening during the first intermission of tonight’s preseason match up against the Golden Knights. It seemed obvious that the announcement would be about the long-awaited third jersey or have something to do with Erik Karlsson. But as a wise little girl in a commercial once said: Why not both? The Sharks unveiled what they are calling “stealth” jerseys. They feature an all black design, with a small teal collar, two teal arm bands and the...
Sep 22, 2018
Sharks sign 2017 draft pick Jake McGrew

Sharks sign 2017 draft pick Jake McGrew

Perhaps it’s time for the Southern California native to change his NHL team allegiances? The San Jose Sharks announced today that they have signed their 2017 sixth-round draft pick, forward Jake McGrew to a standard entry-level contract. McGrew, a 19-year-old right-winger for the Spokane Chiefs of the Western Hockey League garnered recent attention for his play during the Vegas Rookie Faceoff where he lead all rookies with 4 points. McGrew is undoubtedly a wildcard in the San Jose prospect pool. After blowing out his knee in a practice-drill collision that cost him the entirety of his...
Sep 22, 2018
Sharks vs Golden Knights: Liveblog, rosters, and where to watch

Sharks vs Golden Knights: Liveblog, rosters, and where to watch

Tonight's lineup will feature more veterans, as the regular season draws nearer. After taking both games in the home-at-home series with the Anaheim Ducks, the San Jose Sharks continue their preseason against the Vegas Golden Knights, with more regular starters making their first preseason appearance. In the first game against the Ducks, the kids were stealing the show, particularly Ivan Chekhovich. Despite being one of the cuts, the teenager left a good impression with his three-point performance, which included two goals, in the preseason opener. When the two teams met in Anaheim, it...
Sep 22, 2018
Top 25 Sharks Under 25: Recaps and Reactions

Top 25 Sharks Under 25: Recaps and Reactions

Next year is gonna look pretty different. We wrapped up the third year of ranking the top of the San Jose Sharks youth by crowning our three-time champion Tomas Hertl yesterday. But with nearly 50 players and prospects under 25 (at the time of the ranking, in the long-ago pre-Karlsson era), there are certainly going to be a difference of opinions. To refresh, here’s the top 30 in this year’s rankings: Two players outside of the top 30 ranked in the staff ranking: Jasper Weatherby at 30 (thanks Erik J.) and Karlis Cukste at 28. The rest received no staff votes. Here’s how the staff...
Sep 22, 2018
Sharks vs Golden Knights Preview: A defensive test

Sharks vs Golden Knights Preview: A defensive test

The Sharks need to limit the Golden Knights’ scoring. The Sharks are returning home to continue their preseason against the Las Vegas Golden Knights. The Golden Knights are also undefeated so far, and they’ve won handily each time: they’ve scored at least five goals in each of their three games. Jonathan Marchessault leads all preseason skaters in goals with four, and is second to Edmonton’s Ty Rattie in points with six. William Karlsson has five points, including two of his goals that were tallied on the power play. Speaking of the power play, the Knights are seven-for-11 so...
Sep 22, 2018
Deep Blue Sea: The numbers look good for the Sharks

Deep Blue Sea: The numbers look good for the Sharks

Daily news, notes, scores and open discussion thread. Oh, what a difference Erik Karlsson can make. Good chart boy Dom Luszczyscyn has been previewing every team over at The Athletic in order of points projected by his model. San Jose threw a wrench in his plans when, as he was writing the series, traded for who may be the best defenseman in the league, bumping them from just a 59 percent chance of making playoffs to a top-eight in the league team, and forcing Luszczyscyn to scrap his entire article. It is behind The Athletic’s paywall, but here are a few keys points made: There is a...
Sep 21, 2018
3 Takeaways: Player evaluations after 2 preseason games

3 Takeaways: Player evaluations after 2 preseason games

Preseason hockey doesn’t quite feel like our beloved Sharks hockey, but it’s still pretty fun. The Sharks wrapped up their preseason series against the Anaheim Ducks last night, sweeping the series 2-0. Sometimes it’s difficult to give a proper analysis to a player’s performance in the preseason, where both teams are putting out a mix of veterans (and early in the preseason, bottom-six and bottom-pairing veterans, at that) and kids from juniors and the AHL. More often, it becomes useful to look at how players handle specific situations and match ups as opposed to who was on the...
Sep 21, 2018
Top 25 Under 25: No. 1 Tomas Hertl is the superhero the Sharks need

Top 25 Under 25: No. 1 Tomas Hertl is the superhero the Sharks need

Hertl may not light up the scoreboard, but he always tilts the ice in San Jose’s favor. Tomas Hertl’s superhero origin story is unlike that of any other Shark. After being drafted, the 19-year-old forward quietly put together a season in which he scored 0.71 points per game in the Czech professional league. The following year, he did not so much as glance at the mother club’s AHL franchise dressing room before walking onto the ice and picking up his first big-league assist in his first NHL game. He emerged, a fully proportioned NHL butterfly, a few nights later when his fourth goal of...
Sep 21, 2018
Deep Blue Sea: Max Domi gets slap on the wrist

Deep Blue Sea: Max Domi gets slap on the wrist

Daily news, notes and scores from around the league in today’s open discussion thread. Max Domi has been suspended for the remainder of the preseason following what the NHLPA is calling “roughing” on Aaron Ekblad Wednesday night. The term more people are taking to is “sucker punch,” though that doesn’t quite feel accurate either. Here’s the entire sequence of events: Max Domi given the rest of the night off after sucker punching Aaron Ekblad pic.twitter.com/T9kZzxSiSC— Scott Matla (@scottmatla) September 20, 2018 Whether or not that squarely fits into the box definition...
Sep 21, 2018
Sharks 7, Ducks 3: Preseason Duck Hunt ends in a sweep

Sharks 7, Ducks 3: Preseason Duck Hunt ends in a sweep

The kids aren’t making cuts easy. The kids are runnin’ wild. With only eight main roster mainstays last year suiting up tonight, the Sharks took on a Ducks squad sending out players like Corey Perry, Hampus Lindholm and Rickard Rakell and they showed they could keep up. The first two periods were see-saw battles, with Aaron Dell and the Sharks defense alike looking a bit rusty. It seemed as if we were in for approximately 35 more minutes of this. That is, until Randy Carlyle subbed off Ryan Miller for Jared Coreau. After taking a 4-3 lead into the third period, the offense completely...
Sep 20, 2018
Sharks at Ducks: Liveblog, rosters and where to watch

Sharks at Ducks: Liveblog, rosters and where to watch

The kids head south for the final preseason matchup with Anaheim. Fresh off the heels of a 4-1 victory in their opening preseason game against Anaheim, the San Jose Sharks are headed right down I-5 to finish off their preseason set against the Ducks tonight. This morning, the first round of cuts for the Sharks began, with four players being returned to their junior clubs and twelve others being sent down the hallway to the Barracuda. The Ducks will not have to worry about Ivan Chekhovich for the near future, as the 19-year-old who made a huge impression during Tuesday night’s victory was...