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3 Sharks Who Need to Step Up, 3 Who Will Cool Down

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Who has been the San Jose Sharks’ team MVP so far this season?

There are three clear candidates in my mind: Timo Meier, Brent Burns, or James Reimer.

The bad news: At least two of these three San Jose Sharks are probably headed for a slump.

The good news — maybe — is that San Jose has candidates who can reasonably be expected to pick up the slack.

So who’s going to go cold for the San Jose Sharks — and who has to get hot?

Timo Meier

Meier currently is sixth in the NHL with a 1.36 points per game average. If he stays healthy, that’s a 105-point pace for the season.

Meier’s career high for a season is 66 points in 2018-19.

It’s not a knock against Meier, who legitimately looks like a brand-new player this year, but it’s hard to see him cracking the 100-point barrier. In the last decade, just nine skaters have put up that many points in a season: Connor McDavid, Sidney Crosby, Leon Draisaitl, Nikita Kucherov, Patrick Kane, Evgeni Malkin, Brad Marchand, Daniel Sedin, and Claude Giroux.

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