5 Things We've Learned From the San Jose Sharks' Early-Season Action

By Darrell Samuels

Things We've Learned From the San Jose Sharks' Early-Season Action

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The San Jose Sharks have been successful over the past few seasons. However, when the playoffs begin, things go off the rail. Things appear to be different than the 82-game schedule that got them into the two-month quest for the Stanley Cup. The Sharks have won four of their first five games of the season. The following five things have been observed about the organization.

5. Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau and Joe Pavelski Are Still A Dynamite Trio

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5. Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau and Joe Pavelski Are Still A Dynamite Trio

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Thornton, Marleau and Pavelski are still the Sharks' top scoring threats on their roster. All three men have played in each game thus far and have collectively put up 14 points. The forwards are all off to a great start and will need to maintain their scoring prowess when the team comes closer to the start of the playoffs in April.

4. The San Jose Sharks Need To Find A Replacement For Logan Couture

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4. The San Jose Sharks Need To Find A Replacement For Logan Couture

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After suffering an ankle injury, Couture is slated to be off the ice and on the injured reserve for the next four to six weeks. They have called up rookie Bryan Lerg from the American Hockey League as his replacement. They now will need to try and find a player capable of coming close to Couture's statistics.

3. General Manager Doug Wilson and Joe Thornton Are Unified

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3. General Manager Doug Wilson and Joe Thornton Are Unified

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There was a lot of mud thrown at both men during a very verbal feud at the end of last season that almost resulted in Thornton being removed as an active member of the Sharks' organization. Thornton has played in all of the team's games and has skated away with five points. It looks like both men are thinking about the Sharks' future.

2. The Goaltending Has Been Sensational

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2. The Goaltending Has Been Sensational

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Goaltender Martin Jones, formerly of the Los Angeles Kings, was traded twice this summer before finding a starting job in San Jose. Jones played as a backup goalie to Kings netminder Jonathan Quick and has only given up eight goals in the first five games. He has started four games and is proving he is capable of being a reliable starter.

1. Head Coach Peter DeBoer Appears To Be Clicking With The Roster

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1. Head Coach Peter DeBoer Appears To Be Clicking With The Roster

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Over the course of seven seasons, former head coach Todd McLellan would lead the team right into the playoffs and then get eliminated rather quickly. DeBoer has joined the Sharks as their new head coach after spending last season with the New Jersey Devils, and the move seems to be paying off.

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