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7 Players That Would Complete the San Jose Sharks' Depth on Offense

Michael DeSantisSenior Analyst IAugust 20, 2011

7 Players That Would Complete the San Jose Sharks' Depth on Offense

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    The Sharks had a very productive offseason with a lot of trades, just about all of them with the Minnesota Wild.

    They acquired some good offensive players by acquiring Martin Havlat, Michal Handzus and James Sheppard.

    But the Sharks really bolstered up on defense. They were able to add Brent Burns, Jim Vandermeer and Colin White to their roster.

    However, losing Dany Heatley and Devin Setoguchi took a bite out of the Sharks' offense.

    The biggest thing the fans are worried about with the Sharks are their offensive depth, despite being Stanley Cup-ready otherwise.

    Here are five of the top forwards in free agency that would help the Sharks complete their offensive depth, not in order.

1. Kyle Wellwood

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    Although this is seeming less likely with each day, Kyle Wellwood, who spent a good part of last season with the Sharks, would be a nice fit on the third or fourth line.

    In 35 games played, Wellwood recorded 13 points, five goals and eight assists.

    He had a solid postseason for the Sharks, scoring seven points.

    Wellwood would be a great center for the fourth line.

2. Trent Hunter

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    After spending his career so far with the New York Islanders, Hunter was traded for Brian Rolston, but the New Jersey Devils bought him out right away.

    The 31-year-old veteran would be a great addition to the Sharks, as he would come relatively cheap and add an element of experience to the team.

    Hunter would be a very solid right winger for the Sharks on the fourth line, helping the young players that are most likely to be his linemates if he is signed.

3. John Madden

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    Well, every Sharks fan seems the most keen on John Madden. And I can see why. He'd make an excellent fourth line center, as he is great in the faceoff circle, and can put up plenty of points.

    Last season with Minnesota, the 38-year-old center put up 25 points, 12 goals and 13 assists, and would be a very solid player on a Sharks' fourth line.

    He's won three Stanley Cups, and he has incentive to sign with the Sharks; he can win one more cup.

    If he doesn't decide to hang up the skates, he's definitely worth Doug Wilson pursuing.

4. Sergei Samsonov

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    Sergei Samsonov is one of the most talented players left in the pool, and would be a definitive third liner instead of fourth liner.

    Despite not hitting the 50 point mark since the 2001-02 season, Samsonov still tallied 40 points last season, with 13 goals.

    His price tag may be a bit high, but he would really bring some more depth to the Sharks on the third line with Handzus.

    Oh, and he's only 32 years old.

5. J.P. Dumont

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    J.P. Dumont is another one of the more talented players out there, and would be a great third-line right wing, allowing Torrey Mitchell or Benn Ferriero to be placed on the fourth line.

    After a disappointing season for Dumont, when he only scored 10 goals and nine assists in 70 games, he became a free agent.

    Dumont has shown he's capable of hitting the 70 point mark, as he did it once in his career when he scored 72 points for the Predators a few seasons ago. That wouldn't be likely, but he still has the potential to score about 50 points.

    He'd be a great addition for the Sharks, really adding more depth to the bottom two lines.

6. Cory Stillman

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    Despite being 37 years old, Cory Stillman has proved he's still got it, as he obtained 12 goals and 27 assists in 65 games last season with the Florida Panthers and Carolina Hurricanes.

    Stillman would be a solid fourth line left winger, giving the Sharks 10 or more goal potential from him.

7. Chris Clark

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    Chris Clark, former captain of the Washington Capitals, was not resigned by the Columbus Blue Jackets.

    His production has really fallen off the past few seasons, but at age 35, he would bring great veteran leadership to the Sharks.

    Last season, in 53 games, he scored five goals and 10 assists. Even at that, he'd be a nice solid fourth line right wing for the Sharks.

    If he signs with San Jose, we can expect anywhere from five to 10 goals, and maybe 20 points.

    Either way, he'd bring great depth to the team, and leadership, being a former captain.

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