Today we look at who the best number 37 in San Jose Sharks history is. This is probably the most difficult choice to make because there aren’t a lot of great players who wore number 37 as a Shark, but I’ll do my best anyway. Let’s look at the choices.
Stephane Matteau is most known for his overtime goal in game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the New Jersey Devils in 1994, but in the late 90′s he was also number 37 for the Sharks. He put up some less than stellar numbers in his three years as number 37, with less than 30 points each year. He was always a role player on the Sharks, but less than 30 points a season isn’t going to do it. You can cross Stephane Matteau off your list.
Miikka Kiprusoff was drafted in the 5th round of the 1995 NHL Entry Draft by the Sharks and he became a legend for the Calgary Flames. However, he was never a great goaltender for the Sharks. He never had a save percentage over .920%, and his best goals allowed average was 2.49 goals per game. Even though Kipper is a legend in Calgary, he was never impressive as a Shark which is why he got traded. So there is only one more option
Rob Gaudreau played 4 years in the NHL and only two for the San Jose Sharks. He was drafted in the 9th round of the 1988 Entry Draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins, and he didn’t crack an NHL roster until 1992 for the San Jose Sharks. However, even though he only played two years for the club, he made quite a statement. His first year in the NHL he played 59 games and had 43 points, which are really great numbers. In his final year with the Sharks, he only put up 35 points in 84 games before leaving for Ottawa the next season. Despite the fact that he only played two years for the Sharks, Rob Gaudreau is still the best number 37 to play for the San Jose Sharks.
Only 37 days until game day, folks.