San Jose Sharks 2019-20 Season Grade and Analysis: G Martin Jones

San Jose Sharks, Martin Jones (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)
San Jose Sharks, Martin Jones (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images) /

The San Jose Sharks’ season is most likely over, whether or not the season resumes. So let’s grade players’ seasons starting with goalie Martin Jones.

The San Jose Sharks had a rough 2019-20 season. With high expectations after a 2018-19 season that saw them reach the Western Conference Finals of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, they fell flat this year.

As the season stands, the Sharks sit in the basement of the NHL at 29th out of 31 teams, last in the Pacific Division, and last in the Western Conference.

Sharks’ goaltender Martin Jones was no help this season. After having a dreadful 2018-19 which saw him have a .896 SV%, 2.94 GAA, three shutouts, .435 QS%, and 14 really bad starts (RBS) in 62 starts, San Jose was hoping Jones could bounce back this year.

However, Jones was worse.

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In 41 games and 39 starts, Jones posted abysmal numbers of an .896 SV%, 3.00 GAA, two shutouts, .385 QS%, and 11 RBS.

Jones’ .896 SV%, .385 QS%, and 11 RBS ranked worst among goalies with at least 40 games played and his 3.00 GAA ranked third-worst among goalies with at least 40 games played.

The Grade

Although the Sharks had a pretty bad defense this season, Jones didn’t bail them out very often. Instead of being an asset, he was a liability. I would give Jones a grade of a D-.

D-. . G. San Jose Sharks. MARTIN JONES

Although Jones’ 2019-20 was terrible overall, he had flashes of the elite goalie he once was just a couple of years ago. After the Sharks made their coaching changes, Jones had impressive numbers.

From December 13th to March 13th, Jones started 14 games and posted a .912 SV%, 2.45 GAA, and recorded his two shutouts. Jones’ month of February was especially impressive, posting a .951 SV%, 1.40 GAA, and his two shutouts in five games.

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Maybe the cause of Jones’ problems over the past two seasons was the coaching staff. Now, with different coaches, Jones may be able to return to his self from 2015 to 2018.