Why the San Jose Sharks Won't Miss a Beat Without Heatley and Setoguchi
During the offseason, the San Jose Sharks got cozy with the Minnesota Wild and made a series of three trades. Two of them involved big snipers Dany Heatley and Devin Setoguchi leaving the Pacific Coast.
In return, the Sharks gained Martin Havlat and Brent Burns.
Many Sharks fans have been saying how the Sharks offense won't be nearly as potent as it was with Heatley and Setoguchi gone. I beg to differ.
Last season, Dany Heatley scored only 26 goals, a low for him, and 38 assists. Pretty good numbers, but not for an all-star caliber player. Setoguchi posted a solid 22 goals and 19 assists, but was outscored by several teammates.
Martin Havlat scored 22 goals and notched 40 assists, with an anemic Wild offense. Havlat introduces another element of speed to the team to complement Patrick Marleau's.
Havlat is also clutch in the postseason, with 49 points in 67 career playoff games. Heatley on the other hand, only scored five goals in 32 postseason games for the Sharks in the past two years.
Havlat is an upgrade to Heatley, as the Sharks gained speed and kept the scoring touch intact. Havlat should be able to notch about 25-30 goals this season.
Brent Burns gives the Sharks another much needed elite defenseman, but also has very good scoring capabilities and can even put up more points than Setoguchi. Burns will also be vital on the power play.
Despite losing two forwards and only gaining one, the Sharks will still have lots of production from 70 point scorers Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton.
Ryane Clowe and Joe Pavelski scored over 60 points last season, each with at least 25 goal potential.
Last season, rookie Logan Couture dazzled the NHL when he put up 32 goals, second most by a rookie and second most on the Sharks. He'll be another huge part of the Sharks offense.
Despite losing Heatley and Setoguchi, the Sharks offense is just as potent and the defense was upgraded to one of the best in the league.
The Sharks won't miss a beat on offense.
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