The Great Greiss: San Jose Sharks’ Backup Making Most of Opportunities

November 11th, 2009 by Nick Burger Leave a reply »
Before the 2009-10 season started, there were a few concerns for the San Jose Sharks.

Arguably the biggest concern among Sharks fans was goaltending.

San Jose wished franchise goaltender Evgeni Nabokov a happy 34th birthday during the offseason and good luck to Thomas Greiss going into his first full season as backup goaltender for the Sharks.

With Nabby getting ready to exit his "prime," coupled with the inexperience of Greiss at the NHL level, fans wondered if netminding would be weak in the Bay Area.

However, this has not been the case.

Evgeni Nabokov has been better than ever this season. He has probably been the Sharks' MVP so far. His closest competition has been former captain Patrick Marleau.

The 34-year-old is currently one of the top five goalies in goals against average with a solid 2.14. He also has a great save percentage of .925 and two shutouts to go along with it.

Nabokov struggled early in this season, but has clearly turned things around. He is now tied for first place with 11 wins this season.

But what about his understudy? How would Greiss do? He has spent the last ...

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