On the eve of the San Jose Sharks’ season opener, Keegan and Sheng drop 5 bold predictions (each) for the 2023-24 season.
But before we get to the fun, we touch on the big news as Sharks training camp comes to a close.
We discuss the opening night lines (2:00), Kaapo Kahkonen earning the nod as opening night starter (7:48), Logan Couture’s setback (10:07), and the NHL’s ban of Pride tape (17:11).
Sheng distinguishes the difference between the specialty warm-up jersey and Pride tape bans.
And now, five, some bold, San Jose Sharks predictions! Keep in mind, these are all pure or educated guesses.
Sheng predicts the San Jose Sharks will finish with over 70 points (39:18).
On the other hand, Keegan counters that the Sharks will be the worst team in the NHL (41:00).
Sheng believes Filip Zadina will score over 20 goals (43:58).
Meanwhile, Keegan thinks Anthony Duclair will be the team’s leading goal-scorer, at least up to the Trade Deadline (48:00).
Sheng is guessing — a pure guess — that Couture won’t play until December (52:00).
Keegan replies with some optimism: He says Kaapo Kahkonen will top a .905 Save % this season (55:00).
Sheng joins in looking at the sunny side of things, he likes Mikael Granlund with over 50 points this year (58:17).
Here’s a spicy hot take: Keegan says Alexander Barabanov will lead the San Jose Sharks in points (1:01:22).
Sheng believes Henry Thrun will stick the whole season with the Sharks (1:02:57).
Keegan is seeing William Eklund putting up over 40 points (1:05:23).
Finally, some bonus predictions (1:09:50)! Sheng thinks Mario Ferraro will repair his reputation this season — while Keegan predicts Ty Emberson will establish himself as an everyday NHL’er.
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