San Jose Sharks Player Profiles: Patrick Marleau

May 29th, 2010 by MJ Kasprzak Leave a reply »
The second most important player for the San Jose Sharks in 2009-10 who is eligible for unrestricted free agency is Patrick Marleau. Thus, he is the subject of the second article in the series examining each player’s performance during the regular and post-season (the latter counting for about a third of their grade).

Marleau set career highs for goals (44—only three NHL players scored more) and plus-minus (+21), registered his second-highest number of points (83) and shorthanded goals (four), and third in assists (39), power play goals (12), and game winning goals (six—tie). In the playoffs, he finished with eight goals (two game winners), five assists, and a minus-three rating.

His skating ability has made him among the best defensive forwards on the team. This is an improvement for a player who did not seem motivated to play defence just two seasons ago, when he finished minus-19. He has continued to improve on physicality and shot-blocking, is solid in the faceoff circle, and collected just 30 penalty minutes in 96 games includi ...

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