Predicting the San Jose Sharks 2011-12 Season Lines

Michael DeSantis@@dtrain2495Senior Analyst IAugust 1, 2011

VANCOUVER, CANADA - MAY 24:  (L-R) Joe Pavelski #8, Patrick Marleau #12, Dan Boyle #22  and Joe Thornton #19 of the San Jose Sharks celebrate Marleau's goal in the second period in Game Five of the Western Conference Finals during the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Rogers Arena on May 24, 2011 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)
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The San Jose Sharks had a nice, busy offseason. They traded forwards Charlie Coyle, Devin Setoguchi and Dany Heatley for forward Martin Havlat and defenseman Brent Burns.

The Sharks also signed forward Michal Handzus and defenseman Jim Vandermeer.

With a new look, the Sharks added some role players into their lineup, with who they think can help bring the Stanley Cup to San Jose for the first time in history.

Here's the way I think the Sharks will look this upcoming season:

Marleau—Thornton—Couture

Clowe—Pavelski—Havlat

McGinn—Handzus—Ferriero

McLaren—Murray—Mitchell

Boyle—Murray

Burns—Vlasic

Vandermeer—Demers

Marleau and Thornton are obvious choices for the top line, and I'd have to say Logan Couture should join them on the wing. Couture is a young, fast player who will majorly benefit from being on the top line with Marleau and Thornton.

Clowe, Pavelski and Havlat make a great line, as Havlat adds an element of speed to the line they lost when the Sharks traded Setoguchi. Havlat adds a breakaway threat on another line besides Marleau and is a great finisher as well. The Sharks second line will be as good as a lot of teams' first line.

Handzus, who the Sharks picked up, is a good center who can put more than his fair share of pucks in the net. Add him with other talented players like Ferriero and McGinn, and you have a decent third line that isn't afraid to block shots.

McLaren, an enforcer, along with Mitchell, a speedy forward, and Murray, a good center, are a great line of role players. The Sharks definitely have one of the better fourth lines in the league.

Boyle and Murray have always been a great combo on defense. Boyle has an offensive gift, and Murray knows how to lay down some heavy hits.

Burns is another offensive defense man, whose signing is huge. The Sharks have more depth, and Boyle won't be relied on as much to eat so many minutes. Add Burns with a defensive defenseman, Vlasic, and that's a good combo right there.

Vandermeer is a defensive defenseman, and Demers has a good shot, so that's another good combination on defense.

With some new faces, the Sharks look better than ever, and with these balanced lines with role players, the Sharks are definitely eyeing Lord Stanley.