The San Jose Sharks will enter the 2014-15 season as a hungry and angry group on the heels of their embarrassing playoff collapse in April. They will be seeking their 11th consecutive playoff appearance and will try to make a run at the first Stanley Cup in franchise history.
San Jose has put mostly the same team on the ice in recent seasons, and this offseason has seen very few changes so far.
We know what to expect from many Sharks. Joe Thornton will continue to be a playmaker and should be near the top of the league in the assists category. Patrick Marleau should remain a 30-goal sniper.
But who will have a breakout year for the Sharks this season? Tommy Wingels and rookie Matt Nieto come to mind as players who made names for themselves last year.
The following players are primed for big seasons this year as they look to supply the Sharks with that extra edge that is so crucial to distinguish the team from other Stanley Cup contenders.