Sharks' early success not a fluke 

October, 23, 2013
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Justin Braun and Marc-Edouard VlasicJeff Vinnick/NHLI/Getty ImagesJustin Braun and Marc-Edouard Vlasic have been crucial to the Sharks' winning ways in 2013-14.
There are a lot of flashy explanations for the San Jose Sharks' success.

Tomas Hertl has emerged as one of the game's best rookies, with his combination of skill and size making him a great fit with Joe Thornton. There has been Brent Burns' successful transition to forward. The addition of Tyler Kennedy continues the San Jose trend toward speed that general manager Doug Wilson started at the trade deadline last season. The increase in speed is so noticeable that one reader compared the Sharks to the Oregon Ducks football team in Friday's mailbag.

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