San Jose Sharks backup goalie Aaron Dell released a sneak peak of the new equipment that he will be wearing during “Stealth Mode” nights at the Tank.
With news pertaining to the hockey world is relatively quiet this time of year but the San Jose Sharks backup netminder Aaron Dell made mid-August headlines with the unveiling of his slick new alternate gear for the 2019 – 2020 campaign.
The 30-year-old goalie is coming off a year where he started in 25 games with only 8 of those being at home. In those 8 home games Dell only got the start twice wearing the “Stealth Mode” sweaters. Hopefully this year he will get a few more opportunities to use to his new equipment, which will hopefully help him rekindle the trust he once had with the members of Sharks territory.
Aaron Dell’s new pad and blocker combination stick out amongst the traditionally white sets that most netminders stick with for most of their professional career. It’s definitely striking contrast from Martin Jones‘ arguably dull gear that hasn’t really changed much throughout his time in the Bay Area.
Aaron Dell is entering his 4th year as the official Sharks back-up netminder with a ton to prove. Team Teal desperately needs a string of at least average performances from their two goalkeepers if they consider themselves contenders for the Stanley Cup.
Dell in particular had a subpair season when you take into account his overall save percentage being an abysmal .886%. To make matters worse he posted a staggeringly low .899 SV% at even strength. The Sharks are going to need him to get his act together if they want to perpetuate their high-octane possession heavy offensive attack.
In 2018 – 2019 the San Jose Sharks were surprisingly able to overcome below average goaltending as a team by out scoring their defensive miscues and mistakes in net. This year might be a different story especially with all the questions surrounding the voids left up front by the losses of Joe Pavelski, Joonas Donskoi, and Gus Nyquist to free agency.
Regardless Team Teal are still Stanley Cup relevant as long as they get some help from players like Aaron Dell. It will require some patience to see if Dell can raise his level of play. However one things for certain the goalie will be looking sharp on “Stealth Mode” nights. Whether he’s in between the pipes, taking warm-ups , or just chilling on the bench the new blocker and pads will be turning heads.