San Jose Sharks: Ryane Clowe Playing Like a Future Captain

December 27th, 2009 by Andy Bensch Leave a reply »
He scores goals, dishes out hit after hit, and drops the gloves when necessary. He is a rare breed in today's NHL, he is a true power forward, and his name is Ryane Clowe.

The San Jose Sharks are a team that often find themselves criticized for being too soft and too "cutesy" while handling the puck.

But when it comes to Ryane Clowe, the words "soft" and "cute" aren't even in his dictionary.

After splashing onto the scene in his first regular playing time back in 2006-07 when he registered a solid 34 points in 58 games, fans expected big things from Clowe the following season.

Unfortunately for the Newfoundland native, a knee injury in October of 2007 limited him to just eight points in 15 games that season.

While he returned in time for the playoffs, the Sharks missed out on Clowe's ability to set the physical tone during the regular season, and subsequently the '07-'08 Sharks were out-hit in the postseason.

However, with the knee healed last year, Clowe finally broke out with 22 goals and 52 points in 71 games. And his physical presence, along with guys like Brad Staubitz and Douglas Murray, helped the Sharks ...

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