NHL: Why the San Jose Sharks Will Be Hoisting the Stanley Cup in June

March 1st, 2011 by Mike Squizzato Leave a reply »
Always a bridesmaid, never a bride—that has seemingly been the San Jose Sharks’ motto for the last eight years.

They have been forces in the regular season, but when the NHL playoffs roll around, they can just never seem to cut it.

The Sharks have finished with at least 99 points in each season since 2003-2004, while never having been seeded lower than fifth heading into the Playoffs. Yet, they still have never had a sniff of the Stanley Cup Finals.

So, if they could not do it then, why will they be able to do it now?

That is a great question, and without giving the simple answer of "they are due," here’s why the Sharks will have their names engraved on the most heralded trophy in sports this year.

The Sharks easily boast one of the best groups of top six forwards in the NHL. Joe Thornton (52 points), Dany Heatley (50), Ryan Clowe (48), Patrick Marleau (47) and Joe Pavelski (44) lead the team in points, giving their offense a very balanced attack. The sixth forward is Devin Setoguchi (28 points), and he has finally started playing up to his level as of late.

This is the same nucleus that ...

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