San Jose Sharks: Grading Doug Wilson's Tenure as GM

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San Jose Sharks: Grading Doug Wilson's Tenure as GM
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Doug Wilson took over as the San Jose Sharks' General Manager on May 13, 2003. He replaced Dean Lombardi.

Patrick Marleau is the only player on the Sharks currently who was also in San Jose when Wilson began. Therefore, it is safe to say that the Sharks as they look right now are truly Doug Wilson's team.

Despite all the turnover, two things have remained constant (besides Patrick Marleau) over these past seven years. Firstly, the Sharks have dominated under Wilson from October through April, making the playoffs seven times, advancing to the second round six times, and the third round three times.

The second constant has been failure come May; the Sharks have never played a game in June. The combination of this and current struggles have made many question Doug Wilson's job security.

But a GM should be held accountable for roster moves, not end results. Hindsight is 20/20. Firing Doug Wilson will not light a fire under the team's belly, and a new GM won't change the clubhouse atmosphere. The only reason to fire Doug Wilson is if his personnel moves warrant it.

With that, let's take a look at Wilson's run as Sharks' GM.

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