Patrick Marleau had kind of a weird year. He showed more signs of decline, allegedly wanted to be traded and then bumped between the second and third lines throughout the Sharks playoff run. He did end up adopting a very cute cat, though.
Marleau finished the year with 48 points, dropping from 57 last year and 70 the year before that. While he still had trademark speed, his finishing and playmaking just wasn’t what it used to be. Marleau now fits in more as a speedy winger who provides some scoring rather than a player who can actually carry play.
As he enters the final year of his contract with the Sharks, it’s likely things are going to get a little bit awkward barring an incredible resurgence this year.
2015-16 Sharks 5v5 Forward Usage Chart (via Corsica Hockey):
ZSR: Zone Start Ratio; The percentage of non-neutral zone starts that are offensive zone starts (OZS/(OZS + DZS))
TOI.QoT: Time On Ice Quality of Teammates; The weighted average TOI% of a player’s teammates
Rel.CF%: Individual corsi-for percentage subtracted by the team’s overall corsi-for percentage.
Patrick Marleau Hero Chart (via Own The Puck):
Edit: Saw some discussion on Marleau’s linemates in the comments, so I thought I’d share this to add some context. Below is a chart from Corsica that shows all of Marleau’s linemates throughout the 2015-16 season during 5v5 play. You can get this information for yourself here.