Summer Skate: San Jose Sharks

Core group led by trio of veterans looks to make Cup push in 2013-14

Updated: September 13, 2013, 2:12 PM ET
By Corey Sznajder and Corey Pronman |
Hockey Prospectus

Antti NiemiJeff Gross/Getty ImagesThe projections indicate that Antti Niemi will take a step back from his stellar 2013 campaign.

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

Note: Because of the lockout, GVT scores for the 2013 season are prorated from 48 to 82 games.

Summer Skate: San Jose Sharks

After falling short in the postseason yet again, the Sharks had a pretty quiet offseason and didn't see the need to make any major additions. GM Doug Wilson seems to be content with his core guys going forward, and that's probably a good thing for 2013-14.

The Sharks have no shortage of excellent veterans -- including Joe Thornton, Dan Boyle and Patrick Marleau -- surrounded by young talents such as Logan Couture and Marc-Edouard Vlasic. The challenge is building solid depth around these players, and it's something the Sharks have struggled with the past few seasons. With depth scoring being a primary concern, San Jose did make a couple of low-key moves to address it.

Trending up: F Tyler Kennedy
Last season: -0.7 GVT | VUKOTA projection: 5.8

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.