It is generally accepted by folks that the Sharks could use help on the defensive front. More specifically, a legitimate #2 defenseman with the ability to play stellar defense is lacking in the opinion of some. Fortunately, the Sharks have several young defensemen within the organization that are blooming in front of our eyes. One such defenseman is Jason Demers.
At the age of 22, Jason is still a puppy as far as defenseman years go. As a rookie two seasons ago, Demers posted 4 goals and 17 assists in 51 games, to go along with a +5 rating. This season, Jason notched 2 goals and 22 assists in addition to an impressive +19 rating in 75 games. Demers offensive upside was a well-known fact to many Sharks fans. However, his defensive strides from year 1 to 2 and beyond has been a wonderful development. Demers has emerged as a solid all around defenseman with physicality. Tip of the cap to Mr. Plank for posting this informative article outlining Demers impressive offseason regimen, ultimately contributing to his defensive improvements. http://www.fearthefin.com/2010/11/17/1819431/sharks-defenseman-jason-demers-blossoming-in-2010
My question for the Sharks faithful is: Just how much room for improvement do you see in the future of our beloved Jason Demers? We all know he has the passion and drive to become the best he can be, but just how high is his ceiling? More specifically, can Jason fulfill the role of a top 2 defenseman, either to pair with Dan Boyle on the top line, or ultimately replace him once he decides to hang ‘em up?