So far, this season, the Sharks have had one of their best starts of the decade. At 6-0, the Sharks have beaten big teams such as the Canucks, the Coyotes, and the Avalanche. As good as they are, they need to credit all their wins to Patrick Marleau, who tied an NHL Record by scoring two goals in four consecutive games to start the season.
Although Marleau’s hot streak has shut the critics up, he isn’t the only one on the Sharks that’s going to have an incredible season.
Joe Pavelski, his fellow center on the front line, has also been having a phenomenal season. Sure, he’s only had three goals, but he’s had nine assists. That’s pretty good considering he has been the big shot taker in recent years. Still, Pavelski sees an opportunity in which is teammates are in a better position to score, and he gives them that opportunity, like a team player. Pavelski may become one of the best facilitators this season.
The Sharks have a lot of hype, especially in this short season. Veterans like Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton may keep the team afloat, but it’s the background players like Joe Pavelski and Logan Couture who do a lot of the damage – whether it’s scoring (Couture), or racking up points (Pavelski).
A couple years ago, Devin Setoguchi would have been the main guy. The guy that the Sharks went to whenever they needed a quick overtime goal. Ever since he was sent to the Minnesota Wild, it has been Couture. Although he was the 7th pick, Couture has been playing like a veteran and long time all-star and pro. He and Pavelski, the future of the Sharks are showing us now why they’re a huge threat.
On that first line, the Sharks are fearless in attacking. Especially when they have youngsters who will make the right decisions, and take the right shots. Then, they have those veterans who will always make the right decisions.
Yes, most of the Sharks’ success this season goes to Patrick Marleau. Behind all of it, however, are Logan Couture, who scores at the perfect time, and Joe Pavelski, who makes the best decision possible. If they continue to play like this for the rest of the season, which isn’t long (43 games), the Sharks will surely have a shot at the title this year.