April 16, 2012; San Jose, CA, USA; San Jose Sharks center Joe Pavelski (8) before a face off against the St. Louis Blues during the first period of game three of the 2012 Western Conference quarterfinals at HP Pavilion. St. Louis defeated San Jose 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Jason O. Watson-USA TODAY Sports

4 Bold Predictions for the Sharks

With the NHL season arriving, teams are working hard to get everything in order. For the San Jose Sharks, they’ve added depth to their second and third lines, and are ranked 11th in the Power Rankings.

Unfortunately, the rankings mean nothing because it’s only a 48-game season. The Sharks will likely make the playoffs, but what else could happen?

-Sharks Win it All: How can this not be a prediction? Last season, by the time the playoffs had arrived, Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau were too tired to lead the team. Couture, on the other hand, was too inexperienced. Now that he’s more experienced and conditioned, he’ll be able to lead the team. This time he will have Thornton and Marleau who will not be lost to fatigue. Joe Pavelski is also a big help, so this lockout season could end up making San Jose fans very happy.

-Sharks Eliminated First Round: Unfortunately for the Sharks, other veteran teams such as the Canucks and the Kings are also eyeing this opportunity. The Sharks will definitely meet these guys somewhere in the playoffs, so they need to be prepared for that. If they aren’t, they’ll be golfing a bit early this season.

-Thomas Hertl Turns Out To Be A Steal: This is a good one. Hertl, at the 17th pick was a bit of gamble: did the Sharks need another forward? It might turn out to be a huge advantage, as the Sharks will have endless waves to throw at their opponents. Hert is also a stealing machine, as he proved overseas.

- Joe Pavelski Goes into a Slump: This would be the absolute worst thing for the Sharks. Pavelski, apart of the first line, is capable of pulling a hat trick every game, when healthy. Last year, he scored a goal in 20 consecutive games. Suddenly, he lost it and became inconsistent. In this short season, the Sharks really need him to be there for them.

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