six four of the Sharks is (more or less) an established group. The Captain Line (Joe Thornton, Joe Pavelski, Patrick Marleau) is all set and Logan Couture is the established center of the second line. Joel Ward has (mostly) stuck there and Kevin Labanc and Joonas Donskoi have traded off in that role. So we’ll just call it a top four, for now.
six eight? Not so much. Injuries and a lack of scoring led to more shuffling than at a Las Vegas card table amongst the San Jose depth players. Before I have yet another say on what the bottom six of the Sharks should look like, I think now’s as good a time as any to turn it over to the readers.
So here are the basic parameters: I’m including all players outside of the four mentioned previously, with the exception of Tomas Hertl, who won’t be available for some time. I’m including “fringe” players like Daniel O’Regan, Timo Meier and Nikolay Goldobin to make things a little more interesting.
Go ahead and rank the players below based on who you think is best. It’s pretty simple. Don’t screw this up: we’re all counting on you.