There are now just 39 days until the San Jose Sharks season begins, and we are on day 2 of our 40 day series. Today, we look at the number 39. Who is the best San Jose Shark to wear the number 39? Today, we look at two possible worthy candidates.
Jeff Friesen was drafted 11th overall by the San Jose Sharks in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft, and throughout the wingers 7 year stint with the Sharks, he was a very reliable forward. Friesen was very durable, only missing a total of 10 games in his 7 years with the Sharks. Not to mention he put up strong point totals in every season he played. He had over 55 points 4 times in his career, and two of the three years he didn’t were shortened seasons due to a lockout and a trade.
Logan Couture was drafted 9th overall by the San Jose Sharks in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft and immediately made an impression on the Sharks organization. In his first full season, he ended up with 32 goals and was a finalist for the Calder Memorial Trophy for rookie of the year. His next season he put up a total of 65 points and it seems that as he continues to grow as a player, so do his point totals. Last year he had to deal with some tough injuries on his hand that kept him out for a while and affected him in the postseason after hurting it again. As long as Logan can stay healthy, he should continue to grow and become an even better player than he is today.
That is why the best player to wear the number 39 in San Jose Sharks history is Logan Couture.
In his 4 seasons with the Sharks, Couture’s shown that his upside is off the charts. Even though he’s had the benefit of playing on much better teams than Jeff Friesen, Couture has shown that he will be an offensive force for the Sharks for years to come. Hopefully he can have as much of a healthy career as Friesen did, and if he does, he will continue to be shine offensively as he grows as a player.