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Summer Skate: San Jose Sharks

After consecutive trips to conference finals, San Jose continues to improve

Updated: September 12, 2011, 11:24 AM ET
By Rob Vollman and Corey Pronman | Hockey Prospectus
Ryane CloweJason O. Watson/US PresswireRyane Clowe may have peaked given the projections of Hockey Prospectus.

Using the VUKOTA projection system of Hockey Prospectus, Insider takes the temperature of key players on every NHL team, continuing with San Jose. For a detailed explanation of Prospectus' proprietary GVT value metric, read more here.

Summer Skate -- San Jose Sharks

The San Jose Sharks enjoyed their fifth straight 100-point season, their fourth straight season atop the Pacific Division and their second straight season in the Western Conference finals. But again they came up short of their ultimate goal -- the Stanley Cup.

So, they made a big impact this offseason in two separate deals with the Minnesota Wild, giving up Devin Setoguchi and Dany Heatley but adding Brent Burns and Martin Havlat to their already elite collection of talent, including Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau and Dan Boyle.


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Corey Pronman is ESPN's NHL Draft and Prospects analyst. He provides analysis on the top draft-eligible players, prospects drafted by NHL teams and all other relevant prospect information. He lives in New York.