Fans, players, coaches and management are not convinced, but that does not make it any less true. There is a tremendous amount of talent on this team, but not enough to win a Stanley Cup in 2013.
Sure, teams have won with less talent. But they had more grit than this highly-skilled team has ever shown.
If the Sharks could not win with more talent than they currently have, what in their past makes anyone bet on them for the future? The Western Conference is so strong that the Detroit Red Wings are a good team that is looking at missing the playoffs for the first time in 22 years.
(To put that in perspective, six of the eight top scorers for the Edmonton Oilers were younger than two years old and three of them were not yet born the last time the Wings did not play on. The Sharks had not played their first franchise game yet.)
Last season, the conference's eighth seed won the Stanley Cup. Teams on the way down do not win navigate such treacherous waters four rounds in a row. Here are five compelling reasons to predict their window will close without more than one series victory in 2013...