Predicting the San Jose Sharks’ Forward Lines and Stats

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Fourth Line

Sep 16, 2013; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Vancouver Canucks forward Dale Weise (32) holds the puck against the boards against San Jose Sharks forward Adam Burish (37) and forward Andrew Desjardins (10) during the second period at Rogers Arena. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

RW – #37 – Adam Burish – 54 GP – 3 G – 5 A – 8 P – -3 – 96 PIM

C – #10 – Andrew Desjardins – 80 GP – 5 G – 9 A – 14 P – +10 – 107 PIM

LW – #18 – Mike Brown – 60 GP – 2 G – 5 A – 7 P – -1 – 137 PIM

Why this works: With Raffi Torres out, the Bash Brothers (Torres, Desjardins, and Brown) cannot be together. The two options to replace Torres are Burish and John Scott, with Burish will ultimately winning that battle over Scott because he is just an all around better hockey player. However, I do think that Scott, Burish, and Brown will rotate on the wings around Desjardins depending on their opponent.

Burish brings grit along with some skill, unlike his other competitors. Scott brings little to no skill and way too much grit. Brown brings a lot of grit and a little skill. Desjardins, who is basically a lock in the center position on the fourth line brings grit and skill. Its kind of funny how those to are affiliated, it seems like the more grit you have, the less skill you have, and that certainly applies to these four individuals.