The San Jose Sharks begin the 2013-2014 season with everything it takes to succeed: a high-powered offense, talented defense and a cup-winning goaltender. They are led by coaches with 11 Stanley Cup rings, collectively.
With vital players entering their final contract year, a depleted prospect pool from years of aggressive trading and a fanbase growing tired of perennial playoff disappointment, the window for the Sharks is rapidly disappearing.
Yet the Sharks start the season with a positive outlook and renewed potential. The mix of youth and experience is enviable. The depth is among the league's best.
Skeptics have called for a dismantling, but after a tumultuous 2012-13, the San Jose Sharks are all-in for the 2013-14 season.
Here are five reasons to believe the Sharks will be playing for the Stanley Cup in June...