The San Jose Sharks made some huge splashes this offseason. After signing Evander Kane and trading for Erik Karlsson, the Sharks have signaled that they are pushing in all of their chips this season.
This San Jose Sharks team might be known around the league for having more of a veteran filled locker room, however there are still a few developing players on the roster. There are a couple of new fresh faces, along with a few others who were integral pieces last season. All of these skaters are looking forward to playing with the likes of Evander Kane and Erik Karlsson.
Players with this type of talent level elevate the teammates around them. The Sharks have a number of budding young players so it shouldn’t surprise anyone if we see any of these skaters have a breakout season.
We all remember the likes of Dainius Zubrus, Nick Spaling, Paul Martin, Eric Fehr and Joel Ward. Head Coach Pete DeBoer has always had this type of player on his roster at his disposal, but as the 2018 – 2019 season begins and training camp starts the composition of this roster looks a little different. The bottom chunk of this roster is full young players that the Sharks are hoping can fill key roles on a team trying win their first Stanley Cup.
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In order to complete the trade for Erik Karlsson the Sharks had to part ways Dylan DeMelo and Chris Tierney who were both a part of their playoff roster from last season. DeMelo was a fine player, but the Sharks practically swapped him out for EK65 in this deal.
Tierney’s role on the team however is something that is a serious question mark heading into the regular season. It seems the Sharks feel comfortable with letting their younger players prove themselves and hope they can fill out the few holes in this roster.
The top six is pretty much set in stone, but that doesn’t mean that these young Sharks won’t see time with the likes of the EK’s. Getting ice time with players of their caliber will help these skaters reach their maximum potential.
This upcoming season is going to be a special one for the San Jose Sharks, and it is not hard to imagine any one of these young players having a breakout year.
There are lots of possibilities for a team with a ceiling like the Sharks this year and there are a few guys who are looking to impress management and this coaching staff by elevating their games this upcoming season. These are the “Breakout Boys”.