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2015-16 Sharks Season Review: Joe Thornton

NHL: Stanley Cup Final-Pittsburgh Penguins at San Jose Sharks Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Adversity is a hell of a thing.

Joe Thornton could have pouted and become a nuisance to the San Jose Sharks after all the talk surrounding the Sharks’ captaincy. Thornton decided instead to do what he always does, put up plenty of points.

In the grand scheme of this season, Thornton may be forgotten. He didn’t score like Pavelski in the regular season and he didn’t put up the playoff points of a Logan Couture. I am sure that will suit him just fine, as he continues to be one of the most underrated stars in the NHL.

Nobody passes like Jumbo Joe and at a point per game this past season, I am not sure if we’ll see anyone comparable for quite some time. Each time the puck is dropped, it is just another reminder that a legend is in our midst. Cherish him while you still can.

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 Thornton Hero Chart (via OwnThePuck):

The Highlight:

I could’ve picked from any handful of Joe Thornton videos but this one shows how great the offense is with Thornton at the helm. His one touch pass was sublime and his slap shot, while not powerful, is still extremely effective. What a treasure.