San Jose Sharks: Swimming Into 2019 Training Camp

The San Jose Sharks had a lot of luck last season in the playoffs. San Jose had a ton of calls go in their favor in the postseason. When calls didn’t go their favor, they struggled big time.

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The Sharks trailed 3-1 in the first round of the postseason against the Vegas Golden Knights. San Jose trailed 3-0 in Game 7 with less than seven minutes remaining in the third period. They received a bogus five-minute major power play. The San Jose Sharks scored four goals on the five-minute major.

Vegas tied the game at four with under 50 seconds remaining in regulation, but they lost in overtime.

San Jose took down the Colorado Avalanche in seven games in the second round. In the second period of Game 7, the Sharks lead 2-1 and it appeared as if the Avalanche tied the game at 2. San Jose won the offsides challenge and it created another uproar.

In the Western Conference Finals in Game 3 between the San Jose Sharks and the St. Louis Blues, the game went to overtime and it was an obvious hand pass by one of San Jose’s players but the refs never called it dead. Because of it, the Sharks scored the game-winning overtime goal and it caused another uproar.

The play wasn’t reviewable for some reason and it should have been.

San Jose took a 2-1 series lead, but they did not win another game for the rest of the series. A lot of people would have not been happy to see the San Jose Sharks in the finals last season because of all of the calls they seemed to get.

They do have a talented team, but San Jose lost Joe Pavelski in the offseason to the Dallas Stars via free agency. The Sharks championship window is potentially closing on them.

They could take a monster step backward this season. San Jose has not been to the Stanley Cup Finals since 2016, where they lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins in six games.

The projected lines for San Jose will be Timo MeierLogan CoutureKevin Labanc, Evander KaneTomas Hertl-Alexander Chmelevski, Ivan Chekhovich-Dylan GambrellMelker Karlsson, and Marcus SorensenBarclay GoodrowJonny Brodzinski.

The projected defensive pairings will be Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Brent Burns, Brenden Dillon and Erik Karlsson, and Radim Simek and Jacob Middleton.

The starting goalie will be Martin Jones. The backup goalie will be Aaron Dell.

Jones struggled at times last season and he needs to be a lot better this season.

Some of the key players that could step up in case of injury will be Lukas Radiol, Antti Suomela, Alexander True, Nick DeSimone, Tim Heed, Jacob Middleton, and Dalton Prout.

Joe Thronton isn’t signed and he is 40 years old. Thronton has not won a Stanley Cup Title in his NHL career,

This roster isn’t as strong as it was last season. This team could very well take a step backward this season under Head Coach Peter DeBoer. The only thing going for San Jose is that the Pacific Division is probably the weakest division in the NHL.

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They will most likely have three teams that make it to the postseason. The Central Division will most likely send five teams to the playoffs once again in 2019-2020.

The Calgary Flames and the Vegas Golden Knights will be the two best teams in the Pacific Division. After that, your guess is as good as mine. The Vancouver Canucks, the San Jose Sharks, the Arizona Coyotes, and the Edmonton Oilers will be the third seed in the Pacific Division this season.

Training camp will be sometime in September. San Jose’s first preseason game will be against the Anaheim Ducks at home on Tuesday, September 17. The Sharks will begin the season on the road against the Vegas Golden Knights on Wednesday, October 2, but San Jose’s home opener will also be against them on Friday, October 4.

How do you see the 2019 season playing out for the San Jose Sharks? Leave a comment below.

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