San Jose Sharks: 5 Players Who Need to Step Up Their Games in 2011-12

September 23rd, 2011 by Sam Kelly Leave a reply »
The San Jose Sharks have been among the NHL's top teams ever since acquiring star center Joe Thornton from the Boston Bruins in 2005. They have taken the Pacific Division title each of the last four seasons and reached the Western Conference Finals last year and the year before. 

Home to one of the most lethal groups of top six forwards in the league, the Sharks boast an array of high-end offensive weapons and, after some serious roster tweaking by GM Doug Wilson this offseason, now have a deep and balanced group of defensemen patrolling the back end. 

As the start of the season approaches, San Jose is once again considered a favorite to win the Stanley Cup by fans and experts alike. The perennial contenders have never brought home a Cup in franchise history and, though they came very close the last two seasons, their window is closing. 

With a prospect pool severely lacking in elite talent and a core that is steadily aging, it's now or never for the Sharks. If they are to reach their ultimate goal, they will need a strong and consistent effort from each of their players throughout the regular season and into the playoffs and will hav ...

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