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2015-16 Sharks Season Review: Joe Pavelski

San Jose Sharks v St Louis Blues - Game Five Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Things went well for Joe Pavelski in his first season as the San Jose Sharks captain. In addition to not being stripped of the captaincy midseason (okay, that wasn’t ever going to happen), he scored 38 goals and had 40 assists in what was his second-best point season ever.

He finished 14th in Hart voting, was an all-star and 11th in Selke voting; so yeah, you could say Pavelski had a fine year. Remember when he scored 41 goals three seasons ago and I assumed that was at least a bit of a fluke? Past me was an idiot. For the third-straight year he has scored more than 35 goals, becoming an elite scorer in the NHL.

In fairness, some of that should be credited to the incredible passing of Joe Thornton — but Pavelski’s 12.1 shooting percentage is pretty darn good. Over the past five seasons only Alex Ovechkin and Steven Stamkos have scored more goals than Pavelski’s 163.

2015-16 Sharks 5v5 Forward Usage Chart (via Corsica Hockey):

Term definitions:

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.

Joe Pavelski Hero Chart (via Own The Puck):

The Highlight:

This goal is vintage Joe Pavelski. He gets knocked down in front of the net and the Sharks execute a perfect tic-tac-goal play that Pavs smashes past Pekka Rinne. That goal stood up as the series winner in a decisive game seven win for the Sharks.