The Sharks' streak of four straight Pacific Division titles ended last season, and they failed to make the Western Conference Finals for the first time in three seasons. Two of their top three scorers and their best defenseman are on the far side of 30, and there's not a lot of new talent on the horizon. The Sharks have been among the NHL's best teams for the past few seasons, but they haven't won a Stanley Cup -- or even gotten to the Final. After taking a step back last season and making only one meaningful addition (Brad Stuart, a top-four defenseman but not an impact player), San Jose's window for winning a championship looks like it's starting to close -- unless GM Doug Wilson makes a move that shakes up the franchise.
nope. the general consensus is 30 and 1 month is on the "wrong" side of 30.
but realistically the writer isnt way off here. unfortunately a lot of our season rests upon the shoulders of wingels/galiardi/havlat. if they dont provide that depth scoring and energy we will see a repeat of last season.
Picking a player from each Western Conference team to be in hot seat.
Logan Couture, San Jose -- On a team whose big names (Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau, Dan Boyle) are on the far side of 30, the 23-year-old Couture is the one established offensive player who still has significant upside. Couture has back-to-back 30-goal performances in his first two NHL seasons and went from 56 points as a rookie to 65 in 2011-12. The Sharks need him to take a few more steps forward this season, when he could replace Thornton as the No. 1 offensive option in the middle.