The San Jose Sharks are bad.
That’s it. That’s my takeaway from the Sharks’ nine-game losing streak to start this season.
And if that was my lone takeaway from San Jose’s year so far, where they’ve tied 1993-94’s franchise-worst 0-8-1 beginning, that would be justifiable.
But there are 73 games left to play, and plenty of time for the San Jose Sharks to change and add to the narrative of this wayward campaign.
Here’s what they’ve got to improve – it’s a long list — and a literal handful of bright spots.
Where Sharks Need To Improve?
Well, pretty much everywhere.
At 5-on-5, they have a league-worst -16 Goal Differential.
Under the hood, it’s just as ugly. The San Jose Sharks haven’t been an unlucky team or betrayed by poor goaltending.
According to Evolving Hockey, they have a 41.35 Corsi percentage at 5-on-5. Corsi, or shot attempts, is a proxy for puck possession. That figure is 31st in the NHL.
In terms of actual puck possession, per SPORTLOGiQ, the Sharks have averaged 3:30 of Offensive Zone Possession Time at even strength per game. They’ve allowed 6:53 a game. So essentially, the Sharks are allowing their opponents to double them up in offensive zone time every game.
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