A disappointing 2011-12 NHL season followed by a disappointing 2012 offseason usually does not equal tremendous success in the 2012-13 NHL season.
However, the San Jose Sharks are still one of the more talented teams on paper, and a core consisting of Joe Thornton Patrick Marleau, Joe Pavelski and Logan Couture is never a bad thing to have.
GM Doug Wilson did make some moves this offseason, despite the absence of a big-name acquisition.
Brad Stuart becomes a veteran presence on the defensive side of the puck, something the team has lacked since it lost Rob Blake to retirement years ago.
The team also acquired Adam Burish, good friends with Pavelski from the University of Wisconsin, who appears to be very much behind a Sharks postseason run run.
But this Sharks team is unlike what we have become accustomed to over the past few seasons.
Instead of holding a permanent spot at the top of the Western Conference standings as in previous seasons, it would be a surprise to see the Sharks anywhere in the top three seeds at the end of this season.
Here are the presumed starting lines heading into next season.