The strongest feature of the Sharks' roster in 2013 will be their dominant top line.
Two-thirds of this line were largely M.I.A. for much of 2011-12. We examine whether Ryane Clowe and Martin Havlat can have bounce-back years in 2013.
Coming off a season in which they combined to post the fifth-best even-strength save percentage in the league, Antti Niemi and Thomas Greiss return to the Sharks' crease looking to improve on the penalty kill in 2013.
Following an impressive 2011-12 season, the Sharks' top pairing of Vlasic and Boyle look to replicate their success in 2013.
If there's an area of the Sharks' roster that presents a reason to be concerned about the team heading into the 2013 season, it's their third line.
A healthy Brent Burns and a head-in-the-game Brad Stuart could go a long way for San Jose.
There are still decisions that need to be made during training camp about the Sharks' fourth line but we preview the most likely candidates for those spots.
We begin our preview of the Sharks' 2013 roster with a look at the three players competing to comprise the team's third defense pairing.