5 Burning Questions For San Jose Sharks Entering 2015-16 NHL Season

By Nick Villano

5 Sharks Questions

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The San Jose Sharks could be the most intriguing team of 2015-16. They could easily miss the postseason by five games if everything goes wrong. They could honestly win it all with the amount of talent they have as well. There is no team in the NHL with a bigger difference between their floor and their ceiling in the NHL. They came into this season with major questions that need answered.

5. What Will They Do With Joe Thornton?

5. What Will They Do With Joe Thornton?
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5. What Will They Do With Joe Thornton?

5. What Will They Do With Joe Thornton?
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Joe Thornton has been the face of the Sharks since he got there in 2005. Despite the push back from management, he will always be the man associated with teal in hockey. That is, unless they get rid of him. He still clearly has a lot to give to teams, despite being 36 years old. Will they use him as a trade chip, or will they move him with two years left on his deal?

4. Can Martin Jones Be The Man?

4. Can Martin Jones Be The Man?
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4. Can Martin Jones Be The Man?

4. Can Martin Jones Be The Man?
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Martin Jones found his way to a starting job after it seemed like he'd be stuck behind Jonathan Quick forever (or until he became unrestricted). Not only did he finally get his own gig, but it is with the division rivals. He was great when given the starting job during a Quick injury, but he still had Ben Scrivens as a security blanket. There is nobody to catch him if he falls here. Can he handle that?

3. Is Peter DeBoer A Good Coach?

3. Is Peter DeBoer A Good Coach?
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3. Is Peter DeBoer A Good Coach?

3. Is Peter DeBoer A Good Coach?
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Peter DeBoer is a coach who took an extremely unlikely Devils team all the way to the Stanley Cup. He was the perfect coach at the perfect time. Unfortunately, that was the only time he ever made the playoffs. Is he a good NHL coach, or was he the product of circumstance? The Sharks need the former if they are making noise this season.

2. What Happened To Tomas Hertl?

2. What Happened To Tomas Hertl?
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2. What Happened To Tomas Hertl?

2. What Happened To Tomas Hertl?
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Tomas Hertl scored four goals in a game, and he became a hockey phenomenon, even causing Thornton to make some viral off-handed comments. Last season, however, he couldn't get it together. He went from a future cornerstone, to a third-line player. If he can find that scoring touch once again, then he will help this team flourish.

1. Can They Return To The Playoffs?

1. Can They Return To The Playoffs?
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1. Can They Return To The Playoffs?

1. Can They Return To The Playoffs?
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It is funny what one bad season will do. The Sharks went from Cup-or-bust to desperately trying to make the playoffs in one season. They are in a division that gets better every year (well, except for Arizona). They did enough to their team to compete this season. They should definitely make the playoffs with the amount of talent, both young and old, this team has.

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