"Shark Week" will be a piece that runs every weekend on Fear the Fin, where Plank and TCY will track the progress of the players over the course of each week. The players are listed alphabetically, the arrows will indicate the change on a weekly basis. We will also keep track of our top five Sharks players each week.
Big stick tap to Japer's Rink, whose weekly feature called "Capitals Ups and Downs" helped inspire this series. In fact, we pretty much stole it entirely.
Although he started the season poorly, Niemi has taken the starting job from Niittymaki. He's 3-2 in December with a 2.53 GAA and a .909 SV%. Rebounds, like the ones we saw last night against Chicago, will always be an issue.
Great early in the season, not so great lately. He has a .886 SV% and a 3.69 GAA in December. Goaltending tandem has historically helped him succeed.
Isn't scoring at a rapid pace, but he's had to adjust his style to play heavy minutes. His 27:43 average in December is the highest for him all year. Needs help shouldering the load.
Braun hasn't been making as many defensive mistakes as he did initially, and he's still chipping in on offense. Six points in eight games with the team. Lots of potential.
Came back from injury and has looked good. Wasn't shining offensively early, but has come around lately with a nice goal against Philadelphia and a breathtaking play against Chicago which resulted in a Clowe tally. Is getting better defensively with every game. Exciting to watch.
Hasn't played since 11/27 in Edmonton. Going to have to fight for his spot once he gets healthy, but had a great year with Demers before injury.
Although he's impressed us with his physicality and offensive instincts, there's no room for him right now, especially with Braun stepping up. A Huskins return might mean a trip to Worcester based solely on roster space.
A factor in every game simply because of his physicality. Isn't letting that take him out of plays like he has in the past. Developing some offensive skills, though still obviously not a strong suit of his game.
Recovered from a dismal 25 games to start the season. Has played solid defense and contributed to the offensive flow, adding 3 points (1 G, 2 A) in the last two games.
Better than many expected this year. Physical, positionally sound. Hamburgers.
Like many of the Sharks, he's turned it on as of late. Three goals, seven assists in six December games. Phenomenal board work.
Close edge over Clowe for best Shark right now. Couture leads the team in goals and leads the Calder Trophy Race.
Has meshed well with Couture and Clowe, should stick with the team. Scoring pop (3 G) has helped him make a case.
Hasn't shown up on the scoreboard much, but has been more creative as of late. Engaged in game. Ol' Pixistix hands-- they're sweet.
Struggling mightily as of late. Looks a step behind in all situations, contributing to an atrocious -17. Needs to turn it on. Yesterday.
Surprising speed and tenacity. A much better signing than originally thought.
Hasn't been much of a factor lately, but contributing minutes. Hard to see him sticking when Setoguchi returns.
Needs to start scoring points. He's been demoted to a fourth line role, but looked good against Chicago and had some scoring chances just miss.
Speed finally returning to his game.
Same 'ol Scotty. Doing exactly what you'd expect of him.
Power play tally in Philadelphia was nice, but the team needs more Big Pavelski and less Little Joe.
In a mild slump, but there doesn't appear to be an underlying issue. Marleau's efforts have not helped point totals.
Still out with an upper body injury, but hopes to return soon. Upcoming road trip is likely.