As we welcome in the new year, the San Jose Sharks find themselves No. 9 in the Western Conference, on the outside looking in, trying to find a way to break into the playoff party.
But their rank can be a bit deceiving. San Jose has played just 35 games this season, while the No. 8 Colorado Avalanche have played 41.
In other words, the Sharks have six games in hand on the other NHL teams; they have played the least games of any team thus far.
However, with that being said, it is apparent that the Sharks have not played to their potential. Inconsistent and lackluster play by some of their supposed top guns have them outside the playoff picture.
But, as they say, with every new year comes new opportunity and success, and this saying can be applied to the Sharks.
Read on as I pinpoint several Sharks who are poised for a 2012 turnaround.