I have been looking forward to doing this blog on the Sharks. Mark Freitas and Ryan Garner are very good friends from Hockey Buzz. I hope you don’t compare my blogs to those two awesome bloggers because it will make me look too bad!
The Sharks are a very puzzling team. I truly believe this team has all the talent to take it to the next level. The Sharks have the talent to compete with any team in the league. Their goaltender is among the best in the league. I have watched the Sharks a lot this season, simply because I thought they would be serious contenders.
The thing that I find the most puzzling about the Sharks is that they are taking too many games off. With the talent they have they contend for the cup this season. If they do not, there is something wrong. There should be no excuses with this team; success is vital; nothing else is acceptable.
Joe is probably one of the best centers in the game. Joe is a terrific playmaker, being able to set up plays on the fly. Thornton can think three or four plays ahead, meaning he is one of the smartest athletes in the league. Thorton is also a very strong player and is very hard to take off his feet. He is very under-rated in his defensive play; he is terrific in his defensive zone and often overlooked because of how good of an offensive player he is. In short, Joe is one of the top ten players in the league.
Milan is one of the fastest skaters on the Sharks. He has speed to burn. Milan has terrific potential; he has all the skill to be become a star. He has a terrific shot and is Mr. Clutch, scoring five game-winning goals. He has a great attitude, and sets an example for his teammates. I feel he will be a leader for many years to come as member of the Sharks.
Torrey has more heart than most veteran players. The more I watch this kid, the more I like his grit and his skill. He puts out 100% consistently. He is a fan favorite. He provides a huge momentum push every time he is on the ice. This is one of my favorite players on the Sharks; simply because he never gives up. He may be not the most physical player, but you can not doubt his heart. I am huge fan of this kid.
If he has not been voted the best goalie in the west division, he is darn close. He constantly keeps his team in the game. Evgeni has terrific reflexes, and is very mobile, which helps him stay in position for the shot.
I am not going to handle this with kid gloves. If the Sharks do not go far into the playoffs, it is huge disappointment. They have the talent, the problem is they do not seem to execute come playoffs. This year, there can be no more excuses, or Mr. Wilson will be out of work come next season. I doubt the Sharks fans will have to much more patience.
Look for the Sharks to grab a puck moving dman and maybe a top six forward. Paging Mr. Kaberle and Mr. Sundin!