Sharks forward getting long in tooth
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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.
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