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Patrick Marleau rebounded to enjoy one of his finest seasons ever, answering the call in multiple clutch situations late this year. Captain Clutch scored nine game-winners so far and looks to build on last year's playoff performance.
He’s also one of the hottest players in the West, with 28 points in his last 21 games; he’s a man on a mission of redemption.
Joe Thornton continues his defensive renaissance, with his offensive numbers down quite a bit from his career average. However, his dedication to the team system and playing from his own zone outward has him among team leaders in takeaways and setting the example as captain.
He's still the NHL's top point producer not named Jaromir Jagr since 1997-1998 and he just might break out in the playoffs.
What else can you say about Dany Heatley that hasn't already been muttered by many Sharks fans? While anyone can plainly see that he just hasn’t been the same Heater as a year ago, he’s still more then capable of wowing us on any given night.
To count the guy out wouldn't be wise, as he still has an impressive point-per-playoff-game average and led the league in game-winners a year ago. In fact, he leads the NHL in game-winners since 2002-03 with 49 walk-off goals.
His goal against Phoenix was an absolute blast, and the Sharks need more confident hockey like that from their enigmatic winger.
Who will this team’s X-factor be this year in the postseason? Any number of surprise contributors could mean the difference for the Sharks this year: Setoguchi, Clowe, Eager or even Mayers.
Fact is, San Jose’s deeper than it’s ever been. I mean, let’s face it, is there a better third line in all of hockey right now than Mitchell-Pavelski-Wellwood?
Since the line’s initial assembly on March 14th against the Chicago Blackhawks, they have been dominant. Combining for 39 points over just 13 games, the line has consistently generated chances and turnovers.