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San Jose Sharks |
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2000-2001 Schedule |
1999-2000 Player Stats
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As they charged to a franchise-best 7-3 mark to open last season, whispers
surfaced that these Sharks were ready to contend. As it turned out, such talk
was pure balderdash. San Jose needed a strong finish to secure the eighth
playoff seed, but wound up shocking the powerhouse Blues in the first round
before running out of emotion against the Stars in the
What's in store this season? General manager Dean Lombardi made no significant
upgrades, preferring to see the team mature a little more. Burly forward Scott
Thornton was lured away from the Stars and that was about it.
On offense the Sharks will again lean on Owen Nolan, who is coming off a
career-high 44-goal season. He also developed into the leader the Sharks hoped
he would be. Talented forwards Vincent Damphousse and Jeff Friesen are
complemented by up-and-comers Patrick Marleau and Marco
The biggest question, like last year, will have to do with the goaltending.
Lombardi dealt away veteran Mike Vernon so that Steve Shields, 28, could slide
into the No. 1 spot. Shields (2.56 GAA, .911 save percentage) struggled after
the trade but gradually got better as the playoffs neared.
For more on the Sharks, bookmark this page and check back Wednesday, Oct. 11 for a Sports Illustrated Scouting Report.
| BRIGHT SPOTS
|| GRAY AREAS |
Only two teams netted more power play goals than the Sharks' 62 last season.
As a team they scored 16 shorthanded goals, the most in the
Strength on the blue line. Although Mike Rathje, Marcus Ragnarsson and Gary
Suter get a bulk of the minutes, 21-year-old Brad Stuart (10 goals, 36 points)
is the real
Entering camp, eight restricted free agents were without contracts, Nolan and
Not so much a gray area, but the Sharks are hoping Marleau, 21, has the
breakout season they are patiently
Record of 147-210-53 in past five seasons, 24th best in the NHL, has weighed
Jeff Jillson, D, 6'3", 220
Born: July 24, 1980
Acquired: NHL draft,
first round (No. 14 overall)
Jillson, a physical and finesse player rolled
into one, was named to the 2000 Division One West All-American Team by the
American Hockey Coaches Association for his play at the University of Michigan
last season. He was also selected to the All-CCHA first team. Scouts target him
as a No. 1 or No. 2 defenseman in the
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Fri., Oct. 6 vs. St. Louis: What an opener. The Blues look for revenge early at San
Wed., Oct. 18 at Dallas: First matchup between these two. If nothing else, Bryan Marchment is
always game for
Sun., Nov. 5 at Vancouver: They begin six-game road trip that starts in West and ends
Sat., Jan. 6 vs. Florida: Six games after Panthers are all at
Sun., April 8 at Anaheim: Season ends with Ducks. Could it have playoff implications?
"The veterans didn't come here to just be competitive. They want to win
before their careers are over."
Team-by-team previews compiled by CNNSI.com's Ken Klavon, Jamie MacDonald and Jimmy Traina.
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