Just a couple of months ago, the San Jose Sharks were a team that looked like they were going nowhere. They weren’t getting much from their stars, a playoff spot was in question, and they looked like a club destined to blow it up at the trade deadline.
With the exception of Ryane Clowe, though, the team remained in tact, and it has paid of so far. The Sharks cruised through the first round of the playoffs, and will have an opportunity to even up their second round series at home on Tuesday night.
It’s hard to imagine that the Sharks would be where they are right now without the play of their big names. Combined with the play of Antti Niemi, the top forwards from the Sharks have all stepped up, leading them to that 5-2 record so far in the postseason.
No player has stepped up for the Sharks more than Logan Couture has. He spent the majority of the 2013 regular season making a statement that this club has a new “face of the franchise”. He had a terrific regular season, which has carried over into the Stanley Cup Playoffs. He has 10 points in seven games so far, including a goal in overtime of Game 3 of the Western Conference Semifinals.
He’s not the only one, though. After disappearing following his hot start to the season, Patrick Marleau has been big time in the postseason. He has five goals in seven games, tops on the team. Joe Pavelski has another four in that same span. Even Joe Thornton, who hasn’t chipped in on the goal front (only one in seven games) has been a key player, with seven helpers and a plus-5 rating, each of which are tops on the team during this postseason.
There has been a great deal of talk about the Sharks getting older, and whether not this current core is capable of being a serious Stanley Cup threat. They’re currently proving the opposite, as this core is leading this team to make some serious noise in these Cup playoffs.