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Are Sharks Fans Overreacting? + Micro-Stats Behind Power Play Struggles



Trade Tomas Hertl, fire Bob Boughner, depose Doug Wilson! These are the reactions we’ve seen to this recent Sharks’ skid. But is the call to arms premature?

Sheng answers whether or not he thinks San Jose Sharks fans are overreacting and provides a side-by-side comparison to last year’s Sharks team (7:46). He also explains how the Sharks’ off-season moves have balanced the team out statistically, for better or worse (9:46).

However, it’s not just that the Sharks are losing – it’s how they’re losing – that’s a big reason why I think fans are ready to hit the panic button and gear up for the tankathon (13:45).

We cut to Andrew Cogliano, who clarifies the mood of the locker room and what the team needs to do in order to get off their current schneid (14:13).

Sheng crunches the numbers and gives us a projected points finish and compares it to the expectations that fans had prior to the season (19:36). Sheng then lays out his final thoughts on what the Sharks have to do to rebound from this losing streak (23:14).

We then discuss what the breaking point would be for the San Jose Sharks to fire Bob Boughner in-season (29:55).

Finally, using seven exclusive SPORTLOGiQ micro-stats, we break down the Sharks power play, what’s worked well so far and what needs improvement so they can get back to being league-average (42:01).

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Sheng I am one that expected the Sharks to be no more than mediocre, but the problem is we aren’t moving in the right direction! Fixing (or trying to, it is seeming shaky now) the goaltending should have been done 2 seasons ago. Wilson is surprisingly untouchable and fires those around him to shift the blame. He unloads good players and coaches (like Pavelski and deBoer), and has hamstrung us with at least 5 horribly overpriced and underperforming players (Jones was one, Kane, Vlasic, Karlsson, Labanc) so we can’t retain star players like Hertl nor sign us a legitimate proven… Read more »

Sheng Peng

82-game point pace, 2019-20 was 74 points, 2020-21 was 72 points, it’s 87 right now. Farm system is getting better. And they’re slowly shedding bad old contracts to try fresh solutions (buying out Jones and trading for Hill). The problem is the contracts — they’re not easy to get rid of, so they will be obstacles on the way to progress, they’ll make progress slower. But slow progress doesn’t mean there isn’t progress. I’m not sure if Doug must keep his job, but the franchise is slowly going in the right direction in my mind

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