With the 2019 NHL trade deadline just days away, San Jose look like a dominant team in the Pacific Division. Yet, there are still one or two pieces in need of an upgrade for what will hopefully be a Stanley Cup run come April.
Another week in the books for the Kings, with an almost even week with an 0-2-1 record following one away game and two home games before the start of a three game road trip.
The Week That Was
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.
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?
Months of speculation have boiled down into the Erik Karlsson move to San Jose, and now it’s over. Ottawa got back a disappointing jumble of mediocrity, and Doug Wilson looks like a God. All that’s left is to speculate what the San Jose Sharks will look like, and be able to complete, in the 2018-19 season. With this in mind, I take a look at what’s ahead.