San Jose Sharks: Not a Top 10 Team Entering the 2019-2020 Season

Something in my mind fired me up about the San Jose Sharks. Therefore, I decided to write about why the Sharks will not be a Top 10 NHL team entering 2019-2020.

One of the first reasons is that they lost some key veteran players in the offseason including Joe Pavelski. Another reason is that they re-signed defenseman Erik Karlsson to an eight-year deal worth $92 million that San Jose will regret later on because he injury prone.

The third reason why the Sharks are not a Top 10 team next season is because they should not have gotten past the Vegas Golden Knights in the postseason in the playoffs thanks to the refs. San Jose trailed that series 3-1.

After they won Game 3 against the St. Louis Blues on the road in the Western Conference Finals on a controversial call, San Jose never won a game the rest of the playoffs and they lost that series 4-2. The referees gave the Sharks the benefit of the doubt in basically every game until after that game.

Another reason is that some teams out west got better and they have regressed. The Colorado Avalanche, the Dallas Stars, the Arizona Coyotes, and the Vancouver Canucks all got better during the offseason.

There are at least 10 teams heading into next season that are better than the San Jose Sharks. They are the Washington Capitals. the Pittsburgh Penguins, the New Jersey Devils, the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Boston Bruins, the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Nashville Predators, the Calgary Flames, the Winnipeg Jets, and the Colorado Avalanche.

Some of the other teams that may not be in the Top 10 but that is also better than San Jose is the Dallas Stars, the Vegas Golden Knights, the St. Louis Blues, and the New York Islanders. That is already 14 teams that are better than the Sharks heading into next season.

They have not won the Stanley Cup in franchise history and San Jose may not anytime soon even though they have become a more stable franchise ever since Head Coach Pete DeBoer came over. Their only Stanley Cup Finals appearance was in 2016. The San Jose Sharks lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins in six games.

San Jose might have a goaltending issue moving forward because Martin Jones was really inconsistent last season. In 62 games played, his record was 36-19-5 with a .896 save percentage and a 2.94 GAA, along with three shutouts.

How do you feel about the San Jose Sharks entering 2019? Leave a comment below.

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