The San Jose Sharks defense didn’t live up to expectation last season prompting, general manager Doug Wilson to acquire Brad Stuart. Stuart, 32, joins an already aging defense but built to win soon. However, if they don’t, there are some defensemen on the horizon the Sharks should target.
San Jose’s best defensemen are all nearing the ends of their respective careers.
Dan Boyle is 36. Stuart, as previously mentioned, is 32. Douglas Murray is also 32.
All is not lost as The Sharks do have some young talent on the blue-line. Marc-Edouard Vlasic is 25. Brent Burns is 27 and Justin Braun is 25.
Vlasic and Burns may fight to be the head blueliner for the Sharks in the next few seasons, especially if the Sharks don’t find a high level of success.
The aging group of Shark defensemen, especially talents like Boyle and Stuart, carries a pretty high price tag. For teams looking to add finishing pieces before a playoff run, that price tag could reward the Sharks with young, talented d-men and draft picks.
Draft picks will become an even higher commodity on the blue-line in upcoming years. The 2013 and 2014 classes are loaded with solid defensemen.
Assuming the Sharks don’t find success with this current group, and begin to shop around, there are a number of quality blueliners they should target as soon as possible.