What young talent can step up into regular roles the team can then choose to open up? Which of those that cannot fill such roles will be worth holding onto?
(See the four most likely veterans lost next summer over at San Jose Sharks Examiner.)
For the purpose of this list, a regular role is determined to be playing in almost every game. This rules any goalies out for the Sharks because they will not give up on Antti Niemi with two years left in his contract unless the season is not lost and he plays badly in it.
In that event, only Thomas Greiss could possibly be ready for anything more than the backup role he already has. Alex Stalock and Harri Sateri would be lucky to be capable of taking that No. 2 job should San Jose let Greiss walk in free agency.
Ironically, that leaves the Sharks only deep prospect position as the only without a player capable of breaking into an everyday role. Both skater positions are thin but offer multiple possibilities for new contributors. The five most likely choices are as follows...
(MJ Kasprzak is a paid columnist for San Jose Sharks Examiner and SF Christian Examiner.)