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.
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?