Why the San Jose Sharks Need an Improved Jason Demers

December 21st, 2009 by Andy Bensch Leave a reply »
The 2009-10 San Jose Sharks undoubtedly have more fire-power at the forward position than they had last year, but the offense from the defense that head coach Todd McLellan preaches to his club has been on a major decline.

While San Jose's offensive stalwart on the blue-line, Dan Boyle, is on pace for a better season than a year ago, the rest of the defensemen who the Sharks rely upon for offense have not produced at the level one would have expected at the beginning of the season.

Rob Blake has just eight points in 24 games so far this season, which puts him on pace for just a season total of 24 if he were to finish the rest of the year healthy. However, the 20-year veteran posted 45 points last year.

Furthermore, those who were expecting improved offense from Marc-Edouard Vlasic this season have got to be wondering what is going on with No. 44 who registered a career high 36 points last season.

With the departure of Christian Ehrhoff over the offseason, fans expected an increased offensive role from Vlasic but the fourth year defenseman is on pace for just 23 points this season.

Considering the combined pace of Vlasic an ...

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