San Jose Sharks GM Doug Wilson recently invoked the spirit of ’04 when asked about his current roster:
“It reminds me a little bit of my first year. You can’t really compare this year to any else. But we had a lot of unknowns. People said well geez, you’re going to go with younger players. You’ve got guys who didn’t have a great year the year before,” he said last month. “We went to the Western Conference Finals, we made the playoffs, people were shocked.”
So how can next year’s San Jose Sharks replicate the 2003-04 formula?
In other San Jose Sharks news…
The Karjala Cup didn’t end great for San Jose Sharks prospects Jonathan Dahlen and Yegor Spiridonov.
For yet undisclosed reasons, Dahlen missed the last game of the tourney. The winger was held scoreless in two appearances.
Meanwhile Spiridonov, who was holding down a solid role on an unheralded Team Russia, got hurt midway through his side’s Karjala Cup-clinching victory over the Czech Republic and didn’t come back:
Spiridonov was hurt after a big hit by David Jiricek (he was penalized for it), so Groshev replaced him on the PP. https://t.co/LguBK7kffX
— Jokke Nevalainen (@JokkeNevalainen) November 8, 2020
On the bright side, San Jose 2020 seventh-round pick Adam Raska made his Karjala Cup debut for the Czech Republic, logging 13:36 in the 3-0 loss.
Around the NHL…
Free agency is moving so glacially, they forgot to remove Josh Leivo from this list of best remaining UFAs. Enough talent has been signed, however, for ex-San Jose Sharks winger Melker Karlsson to vault into the top-20. (Sportsnet)
The QMJHL has temporarily moved seven teams — Gatineau Olympiques, Drummondville Voltigeurs, Blainville-Boisbriand Armada, Victoriaville Tigres, Shawinigan Cataractes, Chicoutimi Saguenéens, and Quebec Remparts — to one Quebec City arena for a week and a half, in response to a rising number of COVID-19 cases in the province. (QMJHL)