San Jose Sharks Hockey Pool Predictions for 2010/2011

Woodsey14 By Woodsey14, 15th Aug 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/b411vll1/
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Next up in the 2010/2011 NHL hockey pool preview series is the San Jose Sharks. As a high scoring team, the Sharks are loaded with potential high end pool prospects.

San Jose Sharks Hockey Pool Outlook for 2010/2011

The San Jose Sharks are becoming known as a great team that can dominate in the regular season, but cannot seem to raise their level of play in the playoffs. The good news for poolies is that with seemingly one great regular season after another, the San Jose Sharks are a good bet to once again accumulate a lot of points and score a lot of goals. Come playoff time things might change, but as far as regular season pools go, they have an abundance of good players to choose from. One other piece of good news is that often your fellow poolies may look at previous playoff disappointments and subconsciously rank some Shark players lower than they should.

Blue Chip Players

Forwards

Joe Thornton- Great size, great vision, great puck possession skills and is durable. Thornton averaged 1.13 ppg last year which was a bit below his career average. I would expect the pretty much the same for the year ahead.

Patrick Marleau- Patrick Marleau is definitely a blue chip player, however he does come with a bit of risk. Last season was just the 3rd time in his career that he has averaged over a point a game (1.01 ppg) and only the second time that he has achieved 80 points. While a season over 80 is definitley possible, I would be tempted to downgrade Marleau and consider him a 70-75 pt player with upside.

Dany Heatley- Last season was a bit of a tumultuous one for Heatley. With the trade request from Ottawa and the subsequent Edmonton trade fiasco, it's hard to believe that Heatley was at his absolute best last year. Despite this, he still recorded a very respectable 82 points in 82 games. With the distractions of last year behind him, I would expect Heatley's point production o rise into the 90+ point category once again.
Defensemen

Dan Boyle- An elite defenseman on an elite team. Boyle is a great skater, passes and caries the puck extremely well and runs the powerplay In his last 2 seasons in San Jose, the 34 year old defenseman recorded 57 and 58 points respectively. I would expect more to the same.

Second Tier

Forwards
Joe Pavelski- Has really come into his own over the past 2 years as he has averaged .75 ppg. There is a hope that Pavelski may be capable of raising his production to even loftier levels. During last season's playoffs, Pavelski became one of Sharks' offensive leaders averaging a ppg of 1.13 over 15 games. I wouldn't expect that high of a level for the upcoming season, but in the .80 - .90 ppg category might be attainable.
Ryan Clowe- A big scoring winger who is a the beginning of his prime at age 27. Over the last 2 season's he has averaged .72 ppg, and I would expect at least this total for the coming season.

Defensemen
None

Don't Over Rate

Third line forwards- San Jose does not have a wealth of scorers past Dan Boyle and their first 2 lines. Also, Patrick Marlea may fit in this category but only if you are expecting 90+ points from him

Potential Late Round Steals

Forwards
Devon Setoguchi- Last season was a disappointing one for Setoguchi, as he slipped from 65 points in 08/09 to only 35 last season. He's only 23 and has too much skill to have 2 disappointing years in a row. Also he did have minor hernia surgery in June, so I'm not convinced he was 100% health for a lot of last season. I'm predicting a bounce back year and you may be able to get him for a bit of a bargain.

Defensemen
None

Sleepers

Logan Cotoure- The ninth overall pick in 2007 managed to crack the San Jose line up last year, playing in 25 games and recording 9 points. At the age of 21 Cotoure is starting to come into his own. He was better than a point a game player in the AHL and was an excellent junior scorer. By all accounts, Cotoure is a hard worker who is only going to get better. A monster season may be a year or two away, but I would expect some pretty good production from him. Definitely a player on the rise.
Mark Edward Vlasic- Vlasic's point totals over the past few years have been underwhelming, however, he is a good puck moving defenseman and with the void created by Rob Blake's retirement, Vlasic is a good bet to get more offensive opportunities this season.

Antero Nittymaki- Traditionally the Sharks are a team that plays their starting goaltender a lot. With Nittymaki as the starter for this year, expect for him to get a lot of starts and wins.

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