Each and every game of hockey is undoubtedly a team effort. Every player wins as a group and loses as a group. That’s the type of player that Sharks Captain “Jumbo” Joe Thornton is. He may talk soft as a Captain, but he truly plays with a type of passion that’s just unreal. One of the things about him that I want to write about in this article, though, is his ability as a playmaker.
Many Bostonians still remember Thornton as that 1st overall draft pick in 1997. Even before the four-player trade that saw the big 6′ 4″ 220 lb centerman get traded from the Boston Bruins to the San Jose Sharks, with the exception of the ’00-’01 season with the Bruins he was still wracking up more assists than scoring goals. A lot of coaches have encouraged him to shoot more to this day, but his ability to read and create plays is just absolutely phenomenal.
Joe Thornton Works His Magic vs. Avs (12/23/13)
Current All-Time Assists Ranking
As Joe Thornton continues to climb up the list of NHL All-Time Assists, I’ll show you where he stands as of now (updated as of Jan. 3, 2014):
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The Big Question Is…
Almost everyone pretty much knows the situation with the current Captain of the San Jose Sharks, given that he’s part ofthe “Big Three” who’ve not been given contract extensions yet or if ever. Even with the big question mark (what happens next for them) looming above their heads, Thornton’s still showing he’s got plenty of energy left in the tank and is playing perhaps the best hockey of his career.
I asked Sharks Radio Color Commentator and Former Shark Jamie Baker (@Bakes_Jamie13) what he thought of the ability of Joe Thornton as a playermaker (a fellow fan also chipped in):
— Nuggetsauce (@nuggetsauce) January 3, 2014
(With a little confusion at my original question, so after explaining what the question was for and a little rephrasing…)
And now here’s Bakes…
— Jamie Baker (@Bakes_Jamie13) January 3, 2014
Whether or not he’ll continue to stay in San Jose with the others for the remaining of the season bearing in mind of the Trade Deadline coming up soon remains to be seen, but one thing’s for sure, if he’s going to stay and retire a Shark he deserves to win the Cup by now and get the nod for the HHOF.