The San Jose Sharks have only just played their 12th game of the 2013 season. Putting too much weight behind any positives or negatives to the season so far would be premature.
On the other hand, they have reached the quarter pole. There are only eight weeks and 23 games left until the trade deadline.
Thus, general managers and coaches like San Jose's Doug Wilson and Todd McLellan will have to make evaluations more quickly. The team that adapts fastest is in the best position to win the 2013 Stanley Cup.
The Sharks are examining their pros and cons for the purpose of correcting it through practice, scheme or personnel changes. Here is a look at the top four items on each side of the ledger in the order of least to most significant in preventing or acquiring a title; note all stats and rankings used are through Sunday night.
MJ Kasprzak is the original Bleacher Report community leader for the San Jose Sharks and Green Bay Packers, and is now a shareholder for the latter. That beginning led to MJ being hired by Examiner.com to cover the Sharks and Bay Area Christian issues.