Following the NHL Draft, free agency and other offseason moves, NHL.com is reviewing each team’s position for the 2021-22 regular season, which begins October 12. Today, the San Jose Sharks:
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Adin Hill, G: The 25-year-old agreed to a two-year contract on August 4 to avoid an arbitration hearing. He was acquired in a trade with the Arizona Coyotes on July 17 with a seventh-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft for the goaltender. Josef Korénar and a second-round draft pick in the 2022 draft after going 9-9-1 with a 2.74 goals-against average, .913 save percentage and two shutouts in a career-high 19 games ( 17 starts) last season. … James Reimer, G: The 33-year-old signed a two-year contract on July 28. He was 15-5-2 with a 2.66 GAA and .906 save percentage in 22 games (21 starts) with the Carolina Hurricanes last season. … Nick Bonino, F: The 33-year-old signed a two-year contract on July 28. He scored 26 points (10 goals, 16 assists) in 55 regular season games and had zero points in seven Stanley Cup playoff games for the Minnesota Wild last season. . … André Cogliano, F: The 34-year-old signed a one-year contract on July 28 after scoring 11 points (five goals, six assists) in 54 games for the Dallas Stars last season.
Patrick marleau, F: The 41-year-old is an unrestricted free agent after scoring nine points (four goals, five assists) in 56 games last season, the lowest offensive production of his NHL career. He played his 1,768th game on April 19, overtaking Gordie Howe for most in NHL history. He is the Sharks’ all-time leader in games played (1,607), goals (522) and points (1,111). … Martin Jones, G: He signed a one-year contract with the Philadelphia Flyers on July 28 after going 15-13-4 with a 3.28 GAA and 0.896 save percentage in 34 starts last season. The Sharks redeemed the final three seasons of his six-year contract on July 27. … Ryan Donato, F: He became an unrestricted free agent after not receiving an offer of qualification. He scored 20 points (six goals, 14 assists) in 50 games last season.
Guillaume Eklund, F: The 18-year-old was selected with the No. 7 pick in the 2021 NHL Draft. He was named Swedish Hockey League Rookie of the Year last season after scoring 23 points (11 goals, 12 assists). ) in 40 matches with Djurgarden. … Thomas Bordeleau, F: The 19-year-old scored 30 points (eight goals, 22 assists) in 24 games as a rookie at the University of Michigan and was named Sharks Prospect of the Year last season. … Ozzy Wiesblatt, F: The 19-year-old made his professional debut last season, scoring three points (two goals, one assist) in six games for San Jose of the American Hockey League. He led Prince Albert of the Western Hockey League in assists (21) and points (28) in 23 games.
What they still need
A spark in attack. Production has plummeted since the Sharks tied for second in the NHL in goals per game (3.52) in 2018-19, the last time they made the Stanley Cup playoffs and ‘a player has scored at least 30 goals or 50 points. They were tied for 27th with 2.57 goals per game in 2019-20, and last season they were 25th (2.61) and 29th on the power play (14.1%). They also need to defend better to help Hill, who will be a No. 1 goalie in the NHL for the first time. San José allowed 196 goals last season, 50 more than they scored (146). Two teams with a negative goal differential last season made the playoffs: the Nashville Predators (under-3) and the Montreal Canadiens (under-7).
They said it
“We know what we have to come and we are very happy with the way it has been replenished. But we also want to win, and we think we have, with the ingredients in place and some of these veterans, that we are a playoff team. This is our goal. We said it with everyone and this is the trip we are on. ” – general manager Doug Wilson
Reimer joins the Sharks and seeks to rediscover the precious fantastic form he showed them in 2015-16. That season, he was acquired by San Jose in a deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs before the NHL trade deadline and was 6-2-0 with an average of 1. , 62, save percentage of .938 and three shutouts in eight regular season starts. Reimer, primarily the reserve goalie or third goaltender for the Hurricanes last season, has a solid career save percentage (0.913 in 385 games) and is a fantastic sleeper who improves San Jose’s outlook in that position. – Pete Jensen
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