Projecting Goalies, Blue Line Pairs for 2013-14 San Jose Sharks

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Projecting Goalies, Blue Line Pairs for 2013-14 San Jose Sharks
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Antti Niemi will also be the most valuable San Jose Shark in 2013-14

When examining potential forward lines for the 2013-14 San Jose Sharks, I noticed there was a notable drop-off in talent from previous seasons. No line and few players are exceptionally fast, physical or skilled.

That is not a problem on the back end. The Sharks finished the 2013 season second in blocked shots and sixth in goals against average. They are deep, have top-level talent and a good mix of experience and youth.

This is not to say this unit is elite. They lack too much offensive punch to be called that.

They also only have one elite player, with Brent Burns the only other difference-maker available as a fill-in if he is moved back to the blue line. But from the following projected pairings, one can see why they might be considered elite by many.

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