Choosing a fifth San Jose Shark with swag was difficult.
For one, no other player could be called an established star yet. The next best player, Logan Couture, is only recently a star and has not accrued much swag.
The only players to have significant accomplishments on the remaining roster are Brad Stuart and Adam Burish, who won Stanley Cups. Neither is a star for the Sharks nor has been as much of a star as either young forward.
That leaves Joe Pavelski and Marc-Edouard Vlasic, two very good veteran players. Their star power can easily be determined by looking at their contracts, because while both eat minutes for their positions, only one is a difference-maker on both ends of the ice.
Pavelski's role is exemplified in that he was an Examiner.com star of the game in one of four games (three more than any other skater) but above third star just four times. He was a steady contributor outside of one short offensive funk (though over one-fourth a condensed 2013 NHL season) but not the big star.
He has won 55.9 percent of his faceoffs in the last four seasons and registered about 19 blocked shots in every 20 games, in addition to being among the best Sharks in takeaways. Then again, that is not why he is called the Big Pavelski.
His 27 game-winning goals are a team-leading 18 percent of his career total, and he steps it up even more in the Stanley Cup playoffs. He led the Sharks in playoff scoring during 2013 for the second time in four seasons, and game-winners represent a whopping 29.2 percent of his 24 career postseason goals.