Source: CSN Bay Area

Sharks Top 20 of All Time

To celebrate their 20th anniversary (I long suspected they were married….) the Sharks’ humble broadcast team Randy Hahn and Drew Remenda released their list of the top 20 Sharks players in the history of the franchise.

The order of the top 3, comprised of Joe Thornton, Evgeni Nabokov and Patrick Marleau, was posited as a fan poll to see how the masses would swing. As of right now the poll shows the fans voting Patty #1, Nabby #2 with Thornton extremely hot on his heels at #3.

Randy and Drew also ranked those three for their final list, but they have yet to release theirs until the fan voting closes. Come on Sharks fans, I’m dying to read your input on what you agree with or would do differently. And for you newer fans who may not recognize many of the names, who would you like to see on the list from the ‘modern era’ Sharks?

Randy and Drew’s top-20:

20. Marco Sturm

19. Teemu Selanne

18. Mike Ricci

17. Mike Rathje

16. Dan Boyle

15. Jeff Friesen

14. Jonathan Cheechoo

13. Jamie Baker

12. Kelly Kisio

11. Vincent Damphousse

10.  Sandis Ozolinsh

9. Jeff Norton

8. Johan Garpenlov

7. Sergei Makarov

6. Igor Larionov

5. Arturs Irbe

4. Owen Nolan

My preference for 3-1: Joe Thornton, Evgeni Nabokov, Patrick Marleau

Turns out I’m just a slave to the Teal Hivemind, as I agree with the masses (so far) regarding the order of their all time top three.  However I disagree with Randy and Drew on some of the list:

Mike Ricci should be top 10. Ricci was a huge Sharks fan-favorite, and has been a part of both crucial and memorable moments. Game-tying goal with 3.6 secs left to complete a hat trick…. when it was Fan Appreciation Day and thousands were given free hats…instant classic.

Doug Wilson, the team’s first captain, should be on the list. Whom to replace? Jamie Baker scored one of the most celebrated goals in Sharks history, and probably gets a lot of love for his broadcasting (although not from me), but I’m wondering if he might be taken down a notch. Or Kelly Kisio, who was a lonely bright spot on the team as it went hurtling through the cold dark void of their first two seasons, but only played those two seasons and was hurt for half the first. Perhaps even a youngster like Joe Pavelski has made enough of an impact so far to take a spot on the list…

It’s nice to see the OV line get some recognition, as the Garpenlov-Makarov-Larionov line was the Sharks first ever bona fide line to make the rest of the league take notice.

Larionov and Irbe are still representin’ on my wall… and back in ’95 we rolled with posters and actual walls, not cyber-walls found on this newfangled internet contraption. Owen Nolan happens to be my favorite Shark of all time, but sadly that doesn’t make him the greatest Shark of all time so I’m in agreement with Randy and Drew’s 6-4 and the fan’s top 3 order. And now after all this list-crunching I think I’m going to post my own list soon, with links to more memorable moments and general bad-assery. This blog could always use an excuse for more Brian Marchment.

Would anyone any of you rank the top 3 differently?

  • Maria

    I agree Mr. Wilson should be on the list. Agree with your top 3 and glad to see Cheechoo in the top 20, I miss the man who wrote in grade school he was going to be a Shark!
    The website I listed is a facebook page to try to start a marketing campaign getting companies to donate a dollar for every hat thrown on the ice after hat tricks to Hockey Fights Cancer for the exposure. It will great for the league, the cause & the companies!

  • S.M. Williams

    Could not agree more on Ricci! I mean, that guy was the heartbeat of this team when he was here. Still remember the Tank going crazy when Ricci would be in front of the net getting the wooden shampoo treatment…and not budging. Most of those names take me back and hard to believe we had two of the most legendary Red Army players in history on one line for us for a time.

    I hit the Marchment link and my knees started to hurt for some reason…weird.

  • Jim

    Agree with most of the list. Would probably drop Selanne (who will always be too much of a Duck for me to accept him as an all-time Shark). Tough choice who to replace him with, though…maybe Wilson, maybe Tony Granato, maybe Ulf Dahlen. That’s a hard call. Ricci is too low, Baker (though a personal favorite of mine) is too high. Ozolinsh may also be too high – sure he was probably the most gifted offensive defenseman we ever had, but he didn’t actually learn to play, y’know…defense…until long after he left the Sharks, and I still have too many memories of his breakout pass getting intercepted by the forechecker right in front of Irbe.

    What about a Sharks “Not Top 20″, i.e. the guys where we’d like to shampoo our brains of the fact that they ever wore a Sharks uniform. Janney, Sheppard, and Belfour the top three?