I recently wrote an article that was entitled "10 Team Who Will Challenge for the Stanley Cup in 2013," and I did not mention the San Jose Sharks on the list. After reading some of the comments and going over all the statistics and factors one more time, I have came to the conclusion that the San Jose Sharks are the dark horse to win the Stanley Cup this year.
While they have yet to win the holy grail of hockey since their entrance into the NHL in 1991, they have only missed the playoffs once in the last 14 seasons.
Their 43-29-10 record from last season, while impressive, fails substantially in comparison to their 53-win, 117-point season from 2008-09, but when you look at those two rosters, there really isn't that much difference.
Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau, Joe Pavelski and Dan Boyle were a part of both of those teams. Those four guys were four of the five leading scorers for the Sharks last season.
Add in Logan Couture, and the offense still appears to be there.
Back when the Sharks were consistently finishing as a top seed and one of the favorites to win the Stanley Cup, they had Evgeni Nabokov between the pipes, and he ...
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2013 NHL Predictions: Why the San Jose Sharks Are the Dark Horse to Win the CupAugust 7th, 2012 by Shane Darrow Leave a reply »