The San Jose Sharks starting netminder recently unveiled the new mask he will be sporting throughout the 2019 – 2020 campaign.
Martin Jones is entering his 5th year as the San Jose Sharks starting goalie. Coming off a down season in 2018 – 2019, Jones is hoping to turn his fortunes around behind a newly structured Sharks defense orchestrated by Bob Boughner.
Last season the 29-year-old goalkeeper struggled mightily during his time between the pipes. Jones started in 62 games which was less that his average of 63.3 contests throughout his Sharks tenure. Still the goalie failed to string together any level of consistency from game to game.
The typically steady Jones logged the worst save percentage at 5v5 in 2018 – 2019 among qualifying goaltenders with a lousy 0.895%. To make matters worse the netminder also finished dead last in GSAA at 5v5 with a (-32.70), per naturalstattrick.
Nevertheless 2019 – 2020 is a fresh start, which means that Jones will get a chance to bounce back and show off his striking new new goalie mask.
Our first look at Martin Jones’s new mask 👀 pic.twitter.com/z5Yxp4MQK5
— San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) September 9, 2019
The eye-popping new look is definitely a stark contrast from the more modest style of mask he’s dawned in the past. In a way the cyborg look personifies Martin Jones’ stoic but often soft-spoken demeanor. It appears that he’s breaking from tradition in the hopes of reinvigorating some of the confidence he might have lost over the course of last season.
Team Teal has gone through drastic changes over the past calendar year. However next season the Sharks desperately need Martin Jones to step up and rekindle the stable level of play we’ve become accustomed to during of his time in the Bay Area.
With the meaningful hockey games on the horizon its only a matter of time until we see the new mask live and in action. Pairing this with Aaron Dell‘s new stealth mode gear will hopefully increase the level of competence in net for the Sharks. It’s often said “Look good, feel good, play good.” let’s see if this sentiment can come to fruition for San Jose’s netminders.