The Not So Top 10 San Jose Sharks of All Time
About a month ago, I delved into the 18-year history of the San Jose Sharks and came up with the top 25 performers to don the various teal-colored sweaters.
But after watching SportsCenter's "Not So Top 10 Plays" the other day, I decided to take a look at the Sharks that aren't remembered highly for their time in San Jose.
Whether they never lived up to the hype, ditched for money elsewhere, didn't like playing in San Jose, or failed to return the value via trade, there's a bunch of Sharks that just didn't quite look right in a teal jersey.
Some of the players missed empty net wraparounds, some ate too much food, and some just plain stunk on the ice while with the Sharks.
Without further ado, here are the "Not So Top 10 San Jose Sharks."
No. 10 Dan McGillis
When the San Jose Sharks were in the midst of a horrendous season during the 2002-03 campaign, it was clear that changes were in store.
However, one change that brought absolutely no return was the trade of longtime Shark defenseman Marcus Ragnarsson for then Philadelphia Flyer defenseman Dan McGillis.
McGillis would play in just 37 games with the Sharks that year, recording just three goals and 16 points with a minus-six plus/minus. With such a short stay in San Jose, I couldn't even find a Google image of McGillis in a Sharks uniform.
The Sharks organization must have not enjoyed having him, as they traded him again that season, dumping him off to the Boston Bruins.
Needless to say, giving up a fan favorite defenseman for another defender who managed to play just 37 games before being shipped back out of town was extremely disappointing.
No. 9 Rob Davison
Ah, Rob Davison, why couldn't you ever develop? At 6'3", 220 pounds, Davison was supposed to be that bruising defensive force for the Sharks for a long time to come.
Growing up in the Sharks organization, Davison played for the big club from 2002-2008. But in those five seasons Davison would only play in spurts, and the most games he managed in a single season was 69 during 2003-04.
In fact, over the five seasons with San Jose, Davison averaged just 35 games each year.
Whether it was injuries or poor play, Davison was just never able to hold down a spot on the blue line for an extended amount of time, and on the ice he didn't seem to figure out how to use his large frame to his advantage.
Unfortunately, Davison didn't have much of an offensive talent, with just two goals and 12 assists in the 176 games during his San Jose tenure.
Davison could have been a younger version of Kyle McLaren, but now his NHL career may be over as he is playing for the Lowell Devils of the AHL.
No. 8 Alexei Semenov
For two seasons with San Jose from 2007-2009, Alexei Semenov was the Sharks' seventh defenseman. With numerous injuries on the back end, Semenov played in 69 games over that span.
Although his play was much improved in 2008-09, the boneheaded moves will be the only thing he will be remembered for while with the Sharks.
Two plays in particular come to mind. The first came in Anaheim against the Ducks when the Sharks were nursing a one-goal lead.
With less than 30 seconds remaining, Duck forward Doug Weight would take a shot from the boards a few feet inside the blue line. Instead of getting out of the way or blocking the shot away from the net, it appeared as if Semenov turned his leg to the perfect angle to allow the puck to ricochet into his own net.
Semenov saw the puck coming and still couldn't avoid letting it deflect off him and into the net. The Sharks would lose in overtime.
Another instance was a game in Dallas when a high and wide point shot from a Stars defender was going to land harmlessly into the corner boards before Semenov tried to reach out with his hand to knock it down. The puck glanced off his glove and into the top corner of his own net.
Even though he improved his plus/minus from minus-eight to plus-three from his first year with the Sharks to his second, it wasn't enough for the Sharks to keep him from walking this past offseason.
He is no longer in the NHL, I wonder why.
No. 7 Jeff Jillson
Jeff Jillson apparently couldn't resist the burgers. Or so that was the rumor for his failures while with the San Jose Sharks.
Jillson was a rookie during the 2001-02 season and in 48 games posted a solid five goals and 13 assists.
However, the following season Jillson played in just 23 games with the Sharks and spent most of the season with the Cleveland Barons of the AHL.
While with the Sharks, Jillson managed just six assists and no goals in 2002-03 and was subsequently traded.
So much for that promising young offensive defenseman.
No. 6 Jim Fahey
When you think of San Jose Sharks defenseman that never developed, you have to put Jim Fahey in that group.
From 2002-2006 Fahey appeared in parts of three seasons with the Sharks, making a splash in San Jose's down year of '02-03 with 20 points in 43 games.
However, Fahey would manage just two points in each of the next two seasons while playing in just 15 and 21 games in '03-04 and '05-06 respectively.
Although he had a solid rookie campaign with 20 points, 19 of those were assists, and his lone goal still remains his one and only NHL tally.
Fahey last played in the NHL during the 2006-07 season with the New Jersey Devils and is now playing in the DEL German Elite League.
No. 5 Marcel Goc
A former first round pick in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft (20th overall), center Marcel Goc never developed into the "second line" potential that we were told he had.
During his five seasons with the Sharks from 2005-2009, Goc was a quality defensive center with impressive face-off skills, but his lack of size and tenacity in the offensive zone made him an ineffective checking forward.
Despite being a first round draft choice, Goc never tallied more than 22 points in a season, nor did he ever reach double digits in goals.
The Sharks may be known for drafting well throughout the years, but drafting Goc in 2001 was a swing and a miss.
No. 4 Mark Bell
There were two things that didn't belong with the San Jose Sharks during the 2006-2007 season.
The first was that the goal song at the HP Pavilion was changed from Gary Glitter's "Rock N' Roll Part 2" to "Holiday" by Green Day.
The second was Mark Bell.
Fortunately, both "Holiday" and Bell were gone by the next season. However, fans were happy to rid themselves of the new goal song and for the return of the former.
Fans cannot say the same with Bell. Although the Sharks made the right move in letting him go, it was under extremely disappointing circumstances.
Prior to his first season with the Sharks, Bell was coming off a career year of 25 goals and 48 points with the Blackhawks. However, before playing a game in teal, Bell was in a car accident and was being charged with a DUI as well as felony hit and run.
With this offseason baggage, Bell never fit in with San Jose and managed just 11 goals and 21 points in his lone season with the Sharks.
The following year with Toronto, Bell managed just 10 points in 35 games and has not played in the NHL since the '07-08 campaign.
No. 3 Brian Campbell
Brian Campbell used to have Sharks fans around his finger. He was the greatest thing since sliced bread.
After coming to San Jose midseason during the 2007-08 campaign, Campbell made a huge splash the rest of the regular season.
In 20 games, Campbell scored three goals and tallied 19 points. But one of his three goals came in dramatic fashion.
With his team barely holding on to a one-goal lead with under two minutes left against the Canadiens, Campbell scored on a spin-o-rama move. Almost instantly after receiving a pass from Joe Thornton, Campbell entered the zone, spun around backwards fooling the defenseman, and then scored via five-hole.
But once the playoffs started, Campbell scored just one goal in 13 games and played lousily defensively.
However, Sharks fans still wanted him to sign long-term, considering Thornton was a childhood friend and the Sharks needed a puck-moving defenseman.
But Campbell bolted like the rent-a-player he was during free agency and signed a big contract with the Chicago Blackhawks.
Although I don't condone Sharks fans booing Campbell whenever he touches the puck like they currently do when the Chicago defenseman plays in San Jose, it is understandable.
San Jose loved him, but Campbell didn't love San Jose back.
How does the saying go? Hell hath no fury like a city scorned?
Where have I heard that this season?
Oh yes, Oilers media people used that saying about Dany Heatley, who never even played for Edmonton.
But now I'm rambling about a story that is meant for another day, like last week when the Sharks played up in Alberta.
Anyways, Campbell ain't going to be remembered for his tenure in San Jose, that is for certain.
No. 2 Teemu Selanne
Fair or not, Teemu Selanne will always be remembered for one thing during his tenure with the Sharks.
In the 2001-02 playoffs, the Sharks were facing elimination in Game Six of the semifinal series with the Colorado Avalanche. Down 1-0 late in the game, Selanne missed a slam-dunk empty net wraparound to tie the game, and the Sharks would go onto lose 1-0.
Despite putting up more than respectable numbers for a solid scorer while with the Sharks, seasons of 54 points and 64 points were nowhere near what Selanne was capable of.
Prior to his San Jose arrival, Selanne had tallied over 100 points three times in his 10-year career at that point and two other times over 80 points. Plus the years he didn't put up insane numbers were due to injury.
In his two full seasons (82 games both years) with San Jose, Selanne put up 54 points and 64 points.
After a one-year stint in Colorado, Selanne returned to Anaheim and finished with 90 and 94 points from 2005-07.
Selanne was the epitome of greatness throughout his career but saved his most mediocre play for the Sharks.
Always known as a lifetime Duck, Selanne has to be on this list because he didn't perform nearly as well with San Jose as he did with their rivals.
No. 1 Ed Belfour
That's right—Ed Belfour was once a San Jose Shark. I for one was not always aware of this until asking my older brother a few years back why we as Sharks fans boo Belfour whenever he touched the puck.
During the 1996-1997 season, the Sharks traded for "Eddie the Eagle," who was then the longtime Chicago Blackhawk starting netminder.
While with the Sharks Belfour played in just 13 games and posted nearly a career-low .884 save percentage and a 3.41 GAA. These numbers were only better than his rookie season totals of .878 and 3.87.
The following season Belfour would sign with San Jose's big rival at the time, the Dallas Stars. That season the Stars beat the Sharks in first round of the playoffs, and Belfour had a tremendous season with a 1.88 GAA, a .916 save percentage, and nine shutouts.
Ed Belfour was now public enemy No. 1 in San Jose. After being so terrible with the Sharks and then achieving unbelievable success with the rival Stars, Sharks fans were furious with Belfour.
Whenever he returned to San Jose afterward, he was booed while handling the puck and had his name slowly bellowed by Sharks fans when he was playing poorly.
Belfour, a one-time Shark, will always be the most hated hockey player in the history of the Bay Area.