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Updating My Prediction of the San Jose Sharks 2011-12 Season Lines

SAN JOSE, CA - MAY 18:  (2nd L) Patrick Marleau #12 of the San Jose Sharks celebrates with his teammates after his second period goal against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game Two of the Western Conference Finals during the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at HP Pavilion on May 18, 2010 in San Jose, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
SAN JOSE, CA - MAY 18: (2nd L) Patrick Marleau #12 of the San Jose Sharks celebrates with his teammates after his second period goal against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game Two of the Western Conference Finals during the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at HP Pavilion on May 18, 2010 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
Michael DeSantisSenior Analyst IAugust 22, 2011

Well, since my last article predicting the Sharks lines for the 2011-12 season, the team made some more moves.

The Sharks have acquired James Sheppard from the Minnesota Wild and Colin White from the New Jersey Devils.

Sheppard may be sidelined due to injury during the beginning portion of the season, but bruising defenseman Colin White will be in the mix.

So with the Sharks new players, and some more information on the team's lines incentive, here's my updated prediction on the Sharks lines for the upcoming campaign.

Marleau--Thornton--Pavleski

Clowe--Couture--Havlat

McGinn-Handzus--Mitchell

McLaren--Desjardins--Ferriero

Murray--Boyle

Vlasic--Burns

Vandermeer/White--Demers

Niemi/Niittymaki

I've heard from numerous sources that Joe Pavelski will be playing on the top line with Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton.

That moves Logan Couture to center the second line with Ryane Clowe and Martin Havlat, creating one of the best one-two punches in the league.

Upon looking at a depth chart, I realized that Torey Mitchell will most likely play on the third line with Michael Handzus and Jamie McGinn. If they can find their talent, Mitchell and McGinn have good potential to be depth forwards, and should play well with the veteran Handzus.

Youngsters Frazor McLaren, Andrew Desjardins, and Benn Ferriero will probably make up the fourth line. McLaren is the Sharks tough guy, and Desjardins and Ferriero are developing wingers that have pretty good talent and potential.

I updated the defense a bit with the addition of Colin White, and I also matched the defensemen to their proper points based on their shot, putting left handed shots on the left and right handed shots on the right.

Douglas Murray and Dan Boyle will make up the first tandem. Murray is a powerful defenseman who can deliver nasty hits, and Boyle is a very good two way defenseman, solid on offense and defense.

The Sharks defense is another really good one-two punch, as the line is Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Brent Burns. Vlasic is a great defensive defenseman and Burns packs an offensive punch like Dan Boyle.

Colin White and Jim Vandermeer, both defensive defenseman will most likely split time since they are both left handed shots. Jason Demers, a young defenseman with a good shot will be the right defenseman.

Antti Niemi will most likely get the bulk of the playing time, and Antero Niittymaki will be a solid backup.

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