As I continue to write these posts every day, it reminds me that even though the beginning of the San Jose Sharks season is just 36 days away, that’s still a very long time. I’d prefer if I was writing this post about the best number 1 in San Jose Sharks history, but unfortunately, I’m still stuck on number 36. So here we go. Who is the best number 36 in San Jose Sharks history?
Jeff Odgers went undrafted and was later picked up by the San Jose Sharks. He spent 5 years with the Sharks and was actually a captain for the last year and a half of his Sharks career. Sounds like a great story, right? An undrafted free agent becoming a captain of an NHL team. Unfortunately, that’s where the good things seem to end for Jeff Odgers. Odgers’ career high for points in a season is 27 points. As a forward, that’s embarrassingly low. However, there was one thing Jeff Odgers did with great consistency. His season low for penalty minutes as a Shark was 117 minutes. To put that into perspective, Sharks goon Mike Brown had 75 penalty minutes last season. Jeff Odgers was considered a goon. He never put up high point totals, but he sure knew how to step up for a teammate. He also must have had some leadership qualities considering he was a captain for a year and a half. Either that, or lack of options.
I’m not really happy choosing a goon as the best number 36 in San Jose Sharks history, but unfortunately due to lack of options, I have no choice. Only five players in Sharks history have worn the number 36. The other four have a combined career point total of 12 points. So even though Jeff Odgers was a goon in every sense of the word, we have no choice but to name him the greatest number 36 to play for the San Jose Sharks.
Hang in there, Sharks fans. There’s only about five weeks left until the season begins.