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Where Have Sharks D-Men Excelled? What Must They Improve? | SJHN+

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There are the obvious counting stats for the San Jose Sharks defense: Brent Burns leads Sharks blueliners in points and ice time. Erik Karlsson paces this group in goals. Mario Ferraro is a shot-blocking crash test dummy.

These aren’t the counting stats.

These are the details behind how Sharks defensemen have excelled — and where they can improve — at mid-season, courtesy of SPORTLOGiQ, Natural Stat Trick, and NHL.com: What has Burns done at an elite level defensively? Where will Sharks miss Karlsson most? What’s been a double-edged sword about Ryan Merkley?

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