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Marc-Edouard Vlasic Season Preview

And then there was one. Marc-Edouard Vlasic is the last piece of the San Jose Sharks high-priced defense. With Brent Burns and Erik Karlsson being traded since General Manager Mike Grier took over in July of 2022, Vlasic is now the Sharks’ highest-paid defenseman on the blue line. While his recent on-ice performance has not […]

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Henry Thrun Season Preview

Henry Thrun has all the makings of a 1,000-game NHL player. The former Captain of the Harvard Crimson men’s ice hockey team looks like he has spent years in the NHL despite playing eight career NHL games last season. Thrun, a former 2019 fourth-round pick of the Anaheim Ducks, made it clear to Anaheim that […]

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Matt Benning Season Preview

Matt Benning was one of Mike Grier’s first signings last season, and he looks to be a very underrated signing by Grier. Benning signed a four-year deal worth $5 million ($1.25m AAV) on the first day of free agency in 2021. In his first season with the San Jose Sharks, Benning had a career-high in […]

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Three Big Questions Surrounding the Sharks Forwards

The San Jose Sharks enter this season with several questions in their forward group. After doing a player-by-player preview of the upcoming season, several of the same questions kept popping up for the Sharks. Which Rehab Project Works Out? When saddled with a bad team, Mike Grier did what a good General Manager should do. […]

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Filip Zadina Season Preview

Filip Zadina represents one of the biggest hopes in San Jose. Although he doesn’t turn 24 until November, he is preparing to play in his fifth full season in the NHL. Zadina is a former sixth overall draft pick by the Detroit Red Wings in the 2018 NHL Draft. In 190 games, Zadina has scored […]

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Fabian Zetterlund Season Preview

Every player reacts differently to getting traded midseason. For Fabian Zetterlund, it had to be a shock to go from one of the most dynamic young teams in the NHL, the New Jersey Devils, to well, the San Jose Sharks. Acquired in the deal that sent Timo Meier to New Jersey. Zetterlund was one of […]

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Nico Sturm Season Preview

When Mike Grier was hired last season, one of his first moves in free agency was signing center Nico Sturm. Sturm was coming off winning a Stanley Cup with the Colorado Avalanche after being traded from the Minnesota Wild. Sturm had played a fourth-line role for the Avalanche. In the thirteen playoff games Sturm suited […]

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Oskar Lindblom Season Preview

Out of all of Mike Grier’s first crop of free agents, no one disappointed more than Oskar Lindblom last season. After being bought out by the Philadelphia Flyers, Mike Grier quickly signed Lindblom to a two-year $5 million contract. Lindblom was expected to come in and compete for the vacant winger position on the second […]

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Kevin Labanc Season Preview

Kevin Labanc is the San Jose Sharks version of The Rorschach test. The analytics say he is good, but there is a reason that David Quinn is the third straight coach to have Labanc in his proverbial doghouse. As Kevin Labanc starts his eighth season in the NHL, what has he established himself as? Early […]

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Mike Hoffman Season Preview

Forever Shark Mike Hoffman will finally make his San Jose Sharks debut this season. Hoffman spent a whole two hours with the Sharks in June 2018 after being acquired by the Ottawa Senators, where he was teammates with Erik Karlsson. He was then sent to the Florida Panthers for a handful of picks, including a […]

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