The San Jose Sharks lost their captain and leading goal scorer last season due to free agency, but still have tools needed to stay elite offensively.
Joe Pavelski decided to join the Dallas Stars during this summers free agency period. Now the San Jose Sharks have a huge void to fill up front and will be looking for answers internally as the 2019 – 2020 season approaches.
It will be nearly impossible to replace what the former captain brought to the San Jose Sharks locker room but from judging by Team Teal’s roster composition it appears that they have skaters within their organization that can replace Pavelski’s scoring output.
The former Shark put up a monster season last year tallying leading the team with 38 goals and ending the season with a total of 64 points. Per usual the Captain was integral to San Jose’s offensive success at both 5v5 and the power play. His strong shot and uncanny ability to deflect pucks past netminders is something that the team will miss when it comes to generating points next season.
Nevertheless Joe Pavelski and the San Jose Sharks have both moved on and the franchise must find a way to supplement his high level of production. This will be a tall task to take on especially considering the team subtracted much more than they added during the draft and free agency period.
Despite not having the cap flexibility to add another big name off the free agency market the San Jose Sharks have the fire power internally to make up for the loss of the former captains production. All they’ll need is for these 3 things to happen starting with a bounce back year health wise for one of Team Teal’s catalyst.