The San Jose Sharks currently possess an enviable mix of youth and experience, making the future bright for the perennially dominant organization.
Sharks general manager Doug Wilson has already made it a point to lock up the team’s emerging young stars—including Logan Couture, Joe Pavelski and Marc-Edouard Vlasic—with lengthy contracts.
Historically, Wilson has also traded aggressively to supplement San Jose’s drafted talent. With the team’s core set to be pushing 40 in five years (or in some cases—Dan Boyle—beyond), it’s very likely that at least one of the Sharks’ future key players currently wears another NHL sweater.
While keeping that possibility to a minimum, let’s take a glimpse into the future to see who will be leading the San Jose Sharks.
One important thing to keep in mind as you read on is that this is not an evaluation of a player’s complete body of work. Joe Pavelski probably won’t ever reach the levels of success that Joe Thornton has, but that does not preclude the idea that in five years, Pavelski might be a better player than Thornton at that particular point in time.
Nonetheless, these predictions are not backed by empirical evidence, but rather through a consistent tracking of the current and upcoming talent within the San Jose Sharks organization.