San Jose Sharks: 5 Players That Could Surprise in 2011-12

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San Jose Sharks:  5 Players That Could Surprise in 2011-12
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It is almost that time of the year again.  With training camp set to drop the puck on Saturday, September 17, many are excited to see what this new-look San Jose team has to offer.

Maybe "new-look" is a bad term.  The team still has the same core of Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau and Dan Boyle.  They even have the same young stars, like Joe Pavelski and Logan Couture.

However, the average Sharks fan may not know who the rest of the supporting players on the roster are, with all the moves that have happened this offseason.

Let me re-cap.  GM Doug Wilson traded offensive prowess for much-needed finesse and defense.  He also picked up very capable bodies on both ends of the ice.

The result is a strong defense and a still fully capable offense.

On paper, the Sharks are poised for their best defensive season to date.  It seems like a far cry from the lack of defense we witnessed down the stretch last season and in the Vancouver series.

Still, there are a few players that must step up if the Sharks are going to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in their history.

Here are five players that we might see do just that.

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