Sharks forward getting long in tooth

Oft-blamed center Patrick Marleau could taper off at age 30

Updated: August 18, 2009, 4:16 PM ET
By Andrew Rothstein and E.J. Hradek | Puck Prospectus/ESPN The Magazine

Using the newly debuted projection system of Puck Prospectus, VUKOTA, Insider takes the temperature of players on every NHL team, concluding in the Pacific Division on Tuesday with the Sharks.

Summer Skate -- San Jose Sharks

The best team in the entire National Hockey League fell flat on its face during the postseason, losing to the Anaheim Ducks in Round 1. San Jose looks to get past its postseason problems with almost the same roster as last season, having just one new signee in former Nashville center Scott Nichol. As the division becomes increasingly difficult, the Sharks will try to stay afloat with solid play in the Shark Tank. That could be more difficult this season, as projections have San Jose losing some bite from one of its top forwards.

To see which player could soar, which could sink and which could be a potential impact prospect, you must be an ESPN Insider. Insider

E.J. Hradek

Senior Writer, ESPN The Magazine
E.J. Hradek is a senior writer at ESPN The Magazine, joining the staff prior to its launch in 1998. He began covering hockey as a writer/editor for Hockey Illustrated in 1989.