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3 Underrated Sharks’ Positives in 2022-23



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There aren’t a lot of positives that the San Jose Sharks can carry from this year to next.

That’s to be expected when you have the fourth-worst record in the league.

But there was some good from this season besides Erik Karlsson’s historical scoring pace and a lottery pick – really – that the Sharks can hopefully carry over into next season.

David Quinn

It seems odd to trumpet a head coach who guided the San Jose Sharks to their fewest Regulation Wins since 1992-93, San Jose’s second year in the NHL.

The 2022-23 Sharks had just 16 Regulation Wins, their fewest over a full regular season since 1992-93’s eight and their expansion campaign’s 16. Even the decidedly awful 1995-96 Sharks, 47 points over 82 games, managed 19 RW’s.

But Quinn, after just one year behind the bench, isn’t going anywhere, so may as well look at the positive.

Here are some other Quinn-related numbers: Karlsson, of course, put up a career-high 101 points. Timo Meier, before he was dealt, was on pace for his first career 40-goal campaign. Alexander Barabanov was on the way to his first-ever 50-point year before a late-season injury derailed him. Logan Couture had his most productive year since 2018-19.

By and large, the San Jose Sharks’ best players produced this year, and it’s no coincidence that it’s with a new bench boss.

Read the Full Article at NBC Sports Bay Area

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