By a round of applause how many Sharks fans are happy with the work done this summer ? I know some people like to see trades and big UFA signings just to see something change. I myself am not a fan of doing something just to do something.A good example is to look at the San Francisco Giants. They did just that and signed Barry Zito to a ludacris $126 million contract and look what happened. Wow , what a mistake ! Now the club has a ton of money wrapped up in a guy who is not worth it and will be nearly impossible to trade away.
This is why I like Doug Wilson. He never does things just to do them. The Sharks organization has prided itself on building from within. If you take a look at this roster you will see it made up of mainly players whom they drafted. Milan Michalek, Steve Bernier, Matt Carle, and Joe Pavelski were all taken in the 2003 draft and are all star players on this team. Ryan Clowe and Marc-Edouard Vlasic were taken in the 2005 draft and both play significant rolesin the line-up. Let's quickly take a look at the team ......I wont break down every player , just simply make a list to be brief....
Joe Thornton , Patrick Marleau , Joe Pavelski , Curtis Brown , Marcel Goc , Patrick Rissmiller..
At the Wings..
Milan Michalek , Steve Bernier , Jonathan Cheechoo , Ryan Clowe , Mike Grier , and Devin Setoguchi..
Kyle McLaren , Christian Erhoff , Craig Rivet , Matt Carle , Marc-Edouard Vlasic , Alexi Semenov , Douglas Murray , and Rob Davison..
Evgeni Nabokov , Dimitri Patzold , Thomas Greiss , Taylor Dakers
Not too bad. I do think they could add some depth at the wings. Defensively I really do not think they are as bad as some would make it out to be. Up the middle looks very good.With Thornton arguably the best playmaker in the league rounded out by Curtis Brown one of the best PK guys in the league.
Now in net it seems a little incomplete , with Nabokov the only of the four with NHL experience. Patzold and Greiss are both quality goalies. They have yet to see an NHL shot so some say they are not ready. Hey nobody thought Toskala was ready either , look at him now. Taylor Dakerswill probably have the most promising career of the 3. He had a great season in Kootenay last year. I have said this before and I'll say it again , Taylor Dakers will be starting in San Jose in the near future.
The players lost this summer left a couple of holes. In my opinion the most significant is the back-up goalie hole. It will most likely be taken care of by one of the three I mentioned earlier. Scott Hannan was also a significant loss but with the play of the young defensemen and the resigning of Craig Rivet I think the defense will be strong. Mark Bell never worked out as expected and midway through the season found himself a healthy scratch for many games. His role has been fillied already. Bill Guerin was brought in at the trade deadline to add some veteran experiance heading into the playoffs. His leaving is not so significant being San Jose got to where they were long before he ever arrived.
My personal evaluation is that this team will be as good as last year and probably a little better. If Patrick Marleau is traded away Joe Pavelski is ready to step up and be a #2 center. I think Patty will be around till the deadine at least.
There is a lot to be excited about this season. Fans should not be so frustrated and concerned. With players like Michalek , Clowe , and Pavelski about to have huge years there is nothing to lose sleep over. So sit back , relax , and enjoy the 07-08 season !
Sharks are a good organization and Doug Wilson is a great GM. I would have liked to see them shake up the coaching situation and get rid of Ron Wilson. I always talk about the Flames choking in the post-season, but how about the Sharks? Great team, poor coach. Bad combo. Will be interesting to see what happens this year.
Sharks are a great team and your right they are good because they build from within and stock pile picks. There draft picks are able to develop and see regular time because they do not tie up all their money into huge UFA's. The Sharks are my second favorite team and to be honest I see them and Buffalo similar in the sense that they often have quiet off-seasons but when it comes time to playing both teams are generally successful. Sometimes it is better to let a guy walk than overpaying for a short term solution. Good luck this year!
good job sharke are going to be one of the best teams in the league
The sharks didnt do a good job this offseason but because they are soo good and young, i see them as the early western conference with detroit (and anahein if nieds or teemu come back.)
I say the Sharks go to the final next year! Only to lose to the Sens.
i for one am not proud of what the sharks did. i own season tickets. and every game seeing NABY in net is a pain. half the fans (including me some times) boo him. he is not a qualitite G. and this is not like the giants signing a pitcher wich u change every day. u could have brought in like a qualitiy vet. look at grier a vet we put alot of money but he brought grit to the team. we should have added at least one all star player. yes u can say the Billy was a flop but the points he got for us were huge and the leadership he had was big. we need at least one vet on wing and D and hopefully get a Qualitiy G example Esche.
I think that the Sharks system this summer was great. I am glad that we made sure Joe was taken care of and now Milan. I feel that Billy did great for the Sharks but is not a love loss. I think the Sharks are going to rank high in the western conference this year.Can't wait - Go Sharks!!
San Jose didn't have to do anything this off-season. I don't understand why fans in San Jose aren't happy. You have a magnitude of skill and size upfront, your defensive core has veterans and young stars like Clowe who can put points on the board. And Nabokov in net isn't necessarily bad.
With all said and done, the lack of deals this summer hasn't hurt the Sharks, nor has it helped. There are a few goalies out there that may be adequate backups - Greiss needs another year before getting pulled up. If Nabby goes down for any length of time (he's missed a few games the past couple of years, and he isn't getting any younger) we could be hurting big time. Patzold is definitely not the answer until he can get his GAA down under 3 in the AHL. Sharks have a lot of cap room - look for movement at the trade deadline. Also, Wilson appears to be a fine bench coach over the regular season, but when it's win or die, he seems to look like a deer in the headlights of a car. Either he "getterdone" this year or he's gone.