There are now 38 days until the season opener, and today we will look at who the best number 38 in San Jose Sharks history. The best player to wear the number 38 in San Jose Sharks history is defenseman Michal Sykora.
Michal Sykora was taken 123rd overall in the 6th round by the Sharks in the 1992 entry draft. Even though he didn’t get a lot of playing time his first two seasons, putting in 22 and 16 games respectively, it’s not often you see a 6th round draft pick on an NHL roster one year after he was drafted. Some first round picks don’t even make the pro roster one year after being drafted, so the organization clearly saw something they liked. Even though he wasn’t a full time NHL defenseman for his first two years, he ended up with a total of 9 points in 38 games, which is very respectable for a normally scratched defenseman. Finally, in his third season, he played in 79 games and ended the year with 20 points, which isn’t that much, but is still a very good amount for a 6th round defenseman. The next year, he changed to number 6 and was traded halfway through the year to the Chicago Blackhawks.
Michal Sykora never put up stylish numbers, and didn’t have a very long career with the Sharks. However, he did put in respectable numbers for a defenseman, especially considering he was drafted in the 6th round.
However, there is one strong reason Michal Sykora is the greatest number 38 in San Jose Sharks history: his competition was Rob Davison, Bracken Kearns, and Pat MacLeod. Not a very strong pool of players to choose from. So in this case, being a decent defenseman is enough to make Michal Sykora the best number 38 in San Jose Sharks history! Congratulations, Michal!
Check back tomorrow when we look at the best player to wear number 37 for the San Jose Sharks.