Following a healthy scratch in the Sharks’ 4-3 win against the Philadelphia Flyers, Antti Suomela rejoined the Sharks’ lineup in Tuesday’s regulation win against Minnesota. However, when he returned, he was centring San Jose’s fourth line— a demotion to make room for Joe Thornton’s official debut as the third line centre. Suomela spent the game flanked by Rourke Chartier and Melker Karlsson, to which my reaction was one of gritted teeth.
Welcome to a wonderful new series called We Can’t Do Math, by your favorite intrepid collaborators, capitalcorrespondent and Ellie Green, in which we will use CC’s stats degree and Ellie’s ability to keep his enthusiasm in check to explain (as far as we understand them) the Complicated Hockey Math we often see floating around Twitter.
As the first month of the 2018-19 hockey season draws to a close, fans of some teams are already looking forward to the next generation of talent, and lucky for them, the 2019 NHL Draft class is full of gems.
To get the full picture of what I’ve dubbed ‘The Puljujarvi Dilemma’, you first have to go back to the year 2010.
There’s no way to beat around the bush on this one. The San Jose Sharks’ penalty killing units have scored more goals than the power play. It’s baffling, but given the way they’ve played, not completely surprising.
In what seems to be a continued narrative from the preseason, San Jose dominated possession for much of Wednesday night’s home opener against the Anaheim ducks, but failed to put the puck in the net and lost the game 5-2 as a result.
We know the basics about recent Sharks addition Antti Suomela. He lead last year’s Liiga in scoring with JYP Jyväskylä, but after San Jose beat numerous other teams to sign this undrafted free agent, what exactly can he contribute to the squad?