Analyzing the Sharks’ Hot Start


Jan 24, 2013; San Jose, CA, USA; San Jose Sharks center Patrick Marleau (12) celebrates with center Joe Pavelski (8) after the goal against the Phoenix Coyotes during the third period at HP Pavilion. The San Jose Sharks defeated the Phoenix Coyotes 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

A 4-0 start is the best thing that the Sharks fans could have asked for. In signing  Brad Stuart, as well as bringing up Matt Irwin, the Sharks have gotten more than they have asked for. They’ve beaten their opponents by more than two goals on every occasion and are as hot as can be. What’s different about this season? How have the Sharks started to so hot, and why?


1. Joe Pavelski a Facilitator: Instead of being a scoring machine like he usually has been, Pavelski has learned to share the puck.He has eight assists on the season. Lately he’s been passing to make his team better. Pavelski hasn’t scored this season: although that sounds negative, it has actually really worked out for the Sharks. Pavelski is playing like a true center and really helping out his team. His young energy and smart play has been a huge contribution to the Sharks’ early success.

2. Defensemen Working Well: Brad Stuart, Matt Irwin, Dan Boyle, Mark-Edward Vlassic, Brent Burns. These guys, whether they’re on the first, second, or third pairing are getting playing time. These guys have been controlling the perimeter well, breaking up fast breaks, and getting pucks to the net. These defenseman know what they’re doing on the outside.

3. Patrick Marleau on Fire: Marleau, our “aging” veteran has scored two goals in each game this year. After 4 games, he has 8 goals on the season and 3 assists. This is incredible, and it’s only going to continue because of this short season. Marleau won’t get tired and the Sharks won’t fall. This could be the perfect opportunity to strike. Marleau is on fire, and that’s  HUGE reason for success.

4. Joe Thornton Leadership: Joe Thornton’s amazing leadership has paid dividends. He’s not focused on scoring, which means he doesn’t think that the spotlight is on him. Thornton knows that he isn’t the primary guy anymore. Although he is still a contributor, the Sharks need him to be more of a leader than a scorer.

The Sharks are on fire this season and are looking better than ever. Because the Sharks are 4-0, they’re motivated. Yes, it’s very early but the Sharks’ good fortune will most likely continue. Their best players know their roles and are making the Sharks better because of it.