A myriad of offseason questions circle the waters at 525 West Santa Clara, and fans are up in arms with nervous anticipation. Will Nabokov be re-signed? Will the Sharks be able to retain Marleau? Who will go? Who will stay? Many articles will be written from here till then, but I have only one issue to pose.
Many experts, fans, and pundits alike will point to the Sharks lack of offense for the reason they bowed out to Chicago. Some others will offer Nabokov as a scapegoat, some blame the top line, some blame our second line. Whatever the reasoning or details are, behind whoever you blame, here are two large points that many are missing.
1. We had no answer for Dustin Byfuglien.
2. We had no answer for the Blackhawk forecheck
Dan Boyle was the only Shark consistently able to lead us out of our own zone and put together a cohesive attack. With captain Rob Blake seemingly about to retire, and orange traffic pylon Wallin, I offer you the Top Five blueliners the Sharks should look at to upgrade their corps.