The 2013-14 San Jose Sharks may have overachieved on their way to a 10-1-1 record, but the five-game winless streak that followed certainly exposed San Jose's vulnerability. Identifying precisely where that vulnerability lies or what's missing from the team's hot start, however, isn't so simple.
San Jose's offense continues to clip along, leading the league in goals and shots per game. Their goals against ranks them in the top five, and both special teams currently sit in the top 10. Impressive, but still only good for sixth place in the West.
"It's the, I don't know if I can use a better word, it's the bonehead mistakes that we're making," McLellan said. "Some of them are just flat-out individuals that are erring at inopportune times, and it's costing everybody. But that's part of being a team."
So whose performances most caused the Sharks' screaming start to come to a screeching halt?
Here are San Jose's top five underachievers so far in 2013-14.