San Jose Sharks: All-Decade Team for the 2010s

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Left Wing: Patrick Marleau

Choosing three forwards for the Sharks wasn’t the most difficult task, but it did take a little bit of creativity. Each of the three forwards chosen all played center for the team at some point but the two slotted on the wing also have experience there.

And that brings us to our first entry, the legendary Patrick Marleau.

At the moment, Marleau is in the midst of his second tenure with the Sharks and while he’s certainly not the same player he was a decade ago, he’s still getting it done on the ice each and every game.

In fact, it’s his every-game presence that makes him such a phenomenon.

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Marleau is in the middle of one of the most impressive streaks in NHL history as the 40-year-old has played in 813 consecutive games at the time of writing. That’s sixth all-time and second among active players behind only Keith Yandle.

His durability, especially at this age, is unmatched by many and it’s part of what makes him so incredible.

On top of that, Marleau remains the Sharks’ all-time leader in games played, goals, points, and a collection of other statistics. Simply put, having an All-Decade list without Patrick Marleau would be irresponsible.

Marleau will go down as one of, if not the greatest Sharks player of all-time. And his play during the 2010s solidified that fact.