2011-12 San Jose Sharks: Joe Pavelski Report Card

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2011-12 San Jose Sharks: Joe Pavelski Report Card
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Joe Pavelski beats Jonathan Quick on the shootout in their penultimate game of the 2011-12 NHL season

A funny thing happened while fulfilling my assignment duties this week: I convinced myself that the San Jose Sharks core should stay intact.

That is right. The guy who has been the "pessimist" in this community wants to show faith in a core that has continually let the Bay Area down.

The reason is because the team has gone past the point of no return. The only members of its core (defined in the piece linked above) they are willing to part with are high-paid veterans. Teams shy away from them because they know they are going to have declining production in the coming years, but they do not know how rapid it will be.

Based on that, I could recommend only one core player who needs to be moved. They simply have to take the best trade they can get that Patrick Marleau is willing to take part in and get it done for reasons outlined in the previous link.

Having let the cat out of the bag that the rest of the Sharks core would not be offered up for trade unless it has a one-sided return, it makes the most sense to run through those players next. Easily the best player not yet covered is Joe Pavelski.

As per the rest of the report card series, I will point out the good, bad and ugly truth (harsh reality) of Llttle Joe's value to the franchise...

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