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Most pleasant surprise so far

View Poll Results: Which of the following has been the biggest surprise to you?
Marleau having his best season right after his worst season 28 23.73%
Clowe becoming a 1st class power forward 4 3.39%
Setoguchi becoming a legit 1st liner this quickly 36 30.51%
Plihal with 12 pts and playing solid 2-way hockey 2 1.69%
Boyle's two-way play 11 9.32%
Blake not playing like an old man 20 16.95%
Lemieux actually making the full comeback 12 10.17%
Semenov stepping up the last 5-10 games 5 4.24%
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01-28-2009, 06:53 AM
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Most pleasant surprise so far

Of the following, which would you think has been the best surprise this year?

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The pylon playing like an animate object is just....shocking! We can't blame Semenov for everything anymore

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01-28-2009, 07:59 AM
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Well least expected..... claude, I'm sure alot of people laughed at him when he went to the china sharks... now he's on the sharks and playing well in his role imo.

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01-28-2009, 08:30 AM
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Actually, ---ALL OF THEM ----

Probably the acme would be Marleau , then Lemieux ..
Marleau has never showed signs of this level of leadership and play,
Lemieux was out of left field somewhere

Clowe, Seto have showed the potential the last 2 yrs ,
Boyle was outstanding in Tampa's SC run, so it was--- would he return to form ?
Blake is just returning to a form he had before the 2nd run with LAK,
Semenov has had times over the years where he has put it together for extended periods..


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biggest surprise to me is Blake actually playing like he's worth $5million.

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01-28-2009, 09:07 AM
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biggest surprise to me is Blake actually playing like he's worth $5million.
This. Blake has been my biggest surprise. Clowe and Seto are both up there of course.

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I'd say Plihal. He's been a lot better then I thought he could be. Marleau is right up there though. And I will say I had a feeling that Blake would be playing solid hockey.

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All good choices, but I voted Blake as well. No way I thought he'd be more than a 5th or 6th D man for us this year.

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Blake, definitely.

Sidenote- I think that if Joslin continues to play how he has this year in both the A and the big club, he deserves an HM for how quickly he is progressing.

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I voted for Boyle. I knew he was good but I didn't know he was such a commanding, puck moving presence out there. Very solid on D as well. Clearly the head of the class for the Norris IMO.

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I voted for Plihal. He's Admiral's favorite waste of space on the roster, and he has consistently played well enough that you don't notice him. He plays on the PK and has a great shot that he has used well. A good 3rd or 4th line grinder that will play for a reasonable price.

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I'm really surprised at Seto's play. How fast he's come along and How great he's been this year. After last year I thought he was going to be another lazy bear. Seto's been awesome this year!!

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Boyle. After hearing how terrible he was defensively all during the offseason from Tampa fans, I was actually quite down on the Boyle trade, and was expecting Campbell 2.0, maybe even worse. Before he ever suited up, I didn't really care for Boyle as a Shark.

Was I ever wrong. I ended up buying a Boyle jersey 20 games into the season.

But really, they're all good choices, especially Marleau and Blake.

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I voted for Marleau. But I would have also added Boucher's performance as well. Not many games, but he has been fabulous in place of Nabby.

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They are all good choices, but I think I would have to go with an alternative choice, which would be just how good defensively Douglas Murray has been this year. We all knew he could play physical, but he's been VERY sound defensively, has skated much better, and has been a key defenseman in my opinion.

Patty's resurgence I expected, Claude still has to prove to me that he can play more than a couple of games, Clowe looked a lot like this at the end of last season, I already thought Plihal was good (), and I thought Seto had the potential.

So other than Murray, the only other that really stands out as a possibility has been Boyle's decent defensive play. He can't hold a candle when playing defense to most of the other defensemen on the team, but he's not nearly as huge a liability as he was in some of the Tampa games I saw before the Sharks got him.

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i voted blake. i expected everybody else to step up except claude. i knew marleau would have a breakout year after seeing him play in the playoffs last year. and seto and clowe showed that they could score so i didnt know they would be playing as good as they have been but i am not as surprised by there play because i knew they could play if they put in the 60min effort every night. ive always like what i saw out of plihal as well. but he is a little bit surprising but not as much as blake to me

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They are all good choices, but I think I would have to go with an alternative choice, which would be just how good defensively Douglas Murray has been this year. We all knew he could play physical, but he's been VERY sound defensively, has skated much better, and has been a key defenseman in my opinion.

Patty's resurgence I expected, Claude still has to prove to me that he can play more than a couple of games, Clowe looked a lot like this at the end of last season, I already thought Plihal was good (), and I thought Seto had the potential.

So other than Murray, the only other that really stands out as a possibility has been Boyle's decent defensive play. He can't hold a candle when playing defense to most of the other defensemen on the team, but he's not nearly as huge a liability as he was in some of the Tampa games I saw before the Sharks got him.
Blake.

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It's hard to place any of them at the top of the list as a "surprise". A pleasent surprise has been Marleau's play this year. He is playing like a captain should play. With Leadership and determination.
Boyle wasn't a surprise because we knew he was a stud. What is nice though is how well he has fit in with the team.
I knew Blake would do well in San Jose
It is nice to see Clowe doing what he has been doing
Plihal is doing what the coaches are asking him to do and going a great job.
It isnice to see Sem step it up the last 10 or so games. He is playing with confidence and has changed my mind about him. He ( and I can't believe I am saying this) is reliable.
I had a feeling Seto would blossom this season with TM's coaching style.

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Setoguchi - It was obvious the minute McLellan came in as coach and talked about playing a more open system that Blake would benefit. A winning team with an aggressive mentality = perfect fit for him. On the other hand, Setoguchi was a surprise for me. He's really stepped it up as a sophomore.

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Every goal Patty makes, I gotta eat another crow. I honest to god was ready to ship him off for someone else this past post-season because I thought he wasn't leading the team at all and he couldn't get goals like he used to.

Well now if you'll excuse me, I'm eating today's crow as a soup with egg noodle and carrots

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Personally, for me, Claude was the only real 'surprise'

It was so far out in left field, it cleared the 330' and nicked the foul pole

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I think I expected Patty to be at least somewhat better this year than last (maybe not this much better), but even less did I expect Seto to basically become a point per game player, on pace for almost 40 goals. I thought he would do well, but I didn't think he would do this well; I was expecting Michalek like, 60ish points. Seriously though, Seto was a terrible draft pick, I can't believe we didn't pick Kopitar (yes yes, I know Kopitar doesn't play with Thornton, Kings suck, etc. But Seto has 7 more points in one fewer game, and is 4th on the team in +/- instead of 4th to last like Anze is).

So, Seto is my pleasantest surprise. Although these are all pretty good. I'd actually put Lukowich on the list too, who knew he would be as solid as he has been?

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Hands down Claude. Even if he doesn't stay up in the NHL. Anyone would have been ridiculed in the offseason if they came out and said:

"Yea Claude will make a come back and play in the NHL with the sharks this season... Yes Claude... Yes the one who has four stanley cups........ Yes the one who retired five years ago...."

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Nobody can say that Patty was gonna be this good this year. I mean yeah, many expected him to have a bounce back season, but nothing of this magnitude. Props to him.

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I will have to add one to the list.

I thought the decision to hire T-Mac was a poor one at the time but boy have I been wrong. I really wanted Tortorella but I am glad they opted for T-Mac.

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