Are We Ready to See More From These Young Sharks?
The San Jose Sharks are known for having an older core group of players. But last year there were a few young Sharks who had become mainstays in Peter DeBoer’s lineup. Players like Timo Meier and Kevin Labanc are looking to improve their NHL stock over the next few weeks. Both are coming off their first playoff appearances and are hungry to achieve more coming off a full off season with the team.
Meier is progressing into the elite NHL power forward he has been projected to become. His grit, size, and speed are perfect for the perpetually evolving style of play in the NHL. He put up 36 points, 21 of them being goals. One should expect Meier to make the jump and score around 30 goals on this Sharks team looking to prove they are still contenders.
Labanc on the other hand had a turbulent season for San Jose. He compiled 40 points but was often costly for the Sharks in their own zone. Still Labanc has a goal scorers touch and a wicked wrister to boot, so it is not hard to be optimistic about the kid from Staten Island. He is also heading into a contract year with his entry level deal expiring this summer. So look for The Banker to prove his worth this year on a roster that struggled to produce offense at times.
If all goes according to plan this roster is most likely what we will be seeing heading into camp. If all questions get answered, and things break the right way, why can’t the San Jose Sharks FINALLY bring home Lord Stanley’s Cup?