San Jose Sharks: No Rob Blake? No Problem. Derek Joslin is Stepping Up

November 23rd, 2009 by Andy Bensch Leave a reply »
If there is one weakness on the league leading San Jose Sharks roster, most people would say it's their depth on defense.

After trading away veteran defensemen Christian Ehrhoff and Brad Lukowich over the offseason, San Jose fans in particular were worried about the inexperience on the defensive end.

Starting out this season, the top-six defensive corps included an unknown rookie in Jason Demers and an almost as equally unknown Kent Huskins.

Huskins, the former Anaheim Duck was acquired by the Sharks mid-season last year along with left-wing Travis Moen but due to injury never suited up for team teal. An NHL veteran of just 142 games over three years before the start of the 2009-10 season, Huskins had done little on the ice as a Duck to impress Sharks fans.

Even playing the entirety of his career with a division rival, injuries and much more talented defensemen around him made him go unnoticed by most of the Bay Area hockey followers.

But so far this season, Demers and Huskins have combined for 21 points and a plus-10 between them.

Despite some early season struggles, the top-six has played quite well as a coh ...

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