How a Change in Leadership Has Benefitted the San Jose Sharks

May 10th, 2010 by Jason Silva Leave a reply »

After the Anaheim Ducks eliminated the San Jose Sharks in the first round of the 2009 NHL playoffs, questions were raised as to whether this team could ever succeed in the playoffs.

General Manager Doug Wilson promised that the team would be re-assessed in the offseason and that there would be changes coming.

Various Sharks fans were calling for Patrick Marleau, Evgeni Nabokov, and even the centerpiece of the franchise, Joe Thornton to be traded. They had their reasons, as the trio had histories of inconsistent playoff play and Nabokov was coming off a very poor showing against the Ducks.

I was hoping that none of these moves would be made, as I believed that the talent was there to make a playoff run, the Sharks just simply needed an attitude change once they reached the playoffs. They lacked the desperation that teams need to make it far in the playoffs.

What Doug Wilson and coach Todd McLellan did in the offseason is the main reason why the Sharks are awaiting the Canucks or Blackhawks in the 2010 Western Conf ...

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