The San Jose Sharks are looking at a 19-1 odd of winning the Stanley Cup this year. They have dipped their toes in the playoff pool a little recently under veteran captain Joe Thornton. I don’t see them winning the Cup anytime soon, but I do see them cracking into the playoffs again this year. There are three players that I think will improve this offseason and become big stars of the 2013-14 season.
First, let’s start with Brent Burns. Many people know him for his beard. It is quite hysterical the things people come up with about his beard. But let’s get passed his beard and talk some stats. Last season, #88 tallied 20 points (9G, 11A) in 30 games. He scored his nine goals on 81 shots (that’s one goal for every nine shots). He seems to know when to shoot the puck and he seems to be on the rise. Watch him to see some skill this season.
Next is Joe Pavelski, which is my favorite Sharks player. He racked up 31 points (16G, 15A) in his 48-game season. Then, in the playoffs, he grabbed 4 goals and 8 assists in his 11 games. He was the teams’ points leader in the playoffs. I like watching this player score, and I think he is going to be the teams’ leading scorer next year. He only ranked third behind Logan Couture and Patrick Marleau in goals scored last season.
Last season, Brad Stuart only recorded 6 points in his 48 games. That is pretty bad, but he is capable of scoring more points. I watched him when he played in Detroit, and he has played great. The point totals aren’t spectacular, but he knows how to halt the opposing team. He has recorded more than 20 points since the 2003-04 season, that is until this past season, which was cut short. Brad Stuart is actually a good defenseman, and a full season is what we need to see that this is true.
These are my choices for rising stars in San Jose. They might not be who you think would be on the rise, but only time will tell. Let us know who you think should be on the list. Comment below, look us up on Twitter (@TMMotS) and myself (@NardoneDylan).