Five Sharks named in Top 100 list

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Five Sharks named in Top 100 list

Is Joe Thornton still the Sharks best player?

According to ESPNs John Buccigross, the San Jose captain is still the 36th biggest talent in the NHL, despite being on pace for his lowest point total since 1999-00. With eight goals and 30 assists, though, Thornton still leads the Sharks with 38 points, placing him in a tie for 45th in the league in scoring.

Buccigross says:

36. Joe Thornton: Only 32. He's a bigger Bernie Federko. The difference is Federko's numbers did not go down in the postseason, where Thornton's do. Still, a great career. Could get to 1,500 points. Would love to see him raise a Cup.
After Thornton, Buccigross lists super sophomore Logan Couture at 38th, saying:

38. Logan Couture: Amazingly skilled player who has that bounce to his game that helps him come up big. Has 11 goals in 33 playoff games and he isn't even 22 yet. Big-time talent. Leads the Sharks in goals this year.

Defenseman Dan Boyle, and forwards Joe Pavelski and Patrick Marleau also crack the top 100.

What do you think of the rankings? Should any other Sharks players be listed?

Sharks' Schlemko doubtful for Ducks, not expected to be out long term

Sharks' Schlemko doubtful for Ducks, not expected to be out long term

SAN JOSE – David Schlemko’s right ankle injury isn’t expected to keep him out long term, but the defenseman’s status for the two Sharks games this weekend is in question.

San Jose faces Anaheim on Friday at Honda Center, and returns home on Saturday to host the Hurricanes.

“I would say doubtful for tomorrow, but getting better,” DeBoer said on Thursday.

Schlemko skated for the first time on Thursday at the Sharks’ practice facility since getting hurt in the Canadiens game last Friday. He returned in the third period after going down in the second, but quickly realized it was still too sore.

“It didn’t feel that bad once I came off and the x-rays were negative, so I thought I was fine to go [back in],” he said. “It started to hurt again late in the third, so I shut it down. 

“The next morning when you wake up and all the adrenaline is gone, it obviously hurts a lot more. We got the MRI and everything looks like it should be pretty good. Nothing long-term. I don’t think [I’ll miss] anything past this weekend, at the most. Hopefully I can get in for one or maybe both this weekend.”

In 24 games, Schlemko has five assists, 44 shots on goal and a plus-two rating. 

Dylan DeMelo would remain in the lineup if Schlemko can’t play against Anaheim. Mirco Mueller, who was called up on Wednesday, was reassigned to the Barracuda on Thursday morning.

The Sharks had yet to decide if anyone else would be recalled for the trip to Anaheim, according to DeBoer.

“We’re going to meet with [GM Doug Wilson] here right after and see what our numbers are,” DeBoer said.
 

Three takeaways: Logan Couture felt fine after minor surgery

Three takeaways: Logan Couture felt fine after minor surgery

SAN JOSE – Despite controlling most of their game with the Senators, the Sharks dropped a 4-2 decision on a late goal in regulation Wednesday night at home. The three takeaways from the defeat…

1 – Couture looks good despite minor surgery

Logan Couture scored his seventh goal in 10 games, a power play marker in the second period, and didn’t show any ill effects despite having a screw removed from his right ankle on Saturday. He finished with one shot on goal, five attempts and was 4-for-10 in the faceoff circle in a little more than 19 minutes of ice time.

“I felt fine,” he said after the game. “Took me a little while. Just [at the] start of periods it was a little sore, but once the game got going, I felt fine.”

2 – Sharks had their legs despite layoff

The coaching staff’s decision to give the Sharks a full weekend off from practice over the weekend looked like the right move in that the players had their legs for the duration of the game. Ottawa was rarely in its offensive end, and its 17 shots on goal was a season-low in shots allowed for San Jose.

“We never really felt like we were out of it,” Joe Pavelski said. “They get a couple early and [we] never felt overwhelmed. It was just about staying with it, finding that first one, and going. It was important that we got that next one when it was 2-0. We got moving. Felt in control the whole way.”

Justin Braun said: "It takes a second to get back into it, but I thought we did a pretty good job as a team to come out and get on the forecheck right away. First shift we were in there. I thought we had some good chances early.  To hold them to [17 shots] the whole night after a break like that is pretty good."

3 – Stagnating offense

Despite all the time they spent in the Senators’ end, including six power plays, the Sharks only managed to beat goalie Mike Condon twice. The Sharks’ offense still seems like it’s missing something, sitting in 23rd in the league with 2.38 per game.

At some point, some of the Sharks’ depth guys are going to have to start putting the puck in the net. Nearly one-third of the schedule over with, it’s getting to be the time of year where only the results matter.

"I think we did everything but find a way to win,” Pete DeBoer said. “But at the end of the day, moral victories don't count in the standings. I thought we did some good stuff, but didn't find a way to win."