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The San Jose Sharks traded away Devin Setoguchi and Dany Heatley, and were supposed to get Martin Havlat in return. So far, he has not played a shift this season.
Without him, it is painfully clear the Sharks lack the depth of forwards they need to be considered an elite unit. While his role has been adequately filled in by the combination of Torrey Mitchell and Michal Handzus, this reliance has a ripple effect on other lines.
They are third-line players with five points between them, but there has been only one goal scored by the third line. The fact that defenders are able to focus that much more on the first line may be a large reason they have only five points combined.
Therefore, the top three lines have only scored five goals in total through four games. It is possible that Havlat may provide the one forward needed even though he is no sniper and the Sharks have needed players who could find the back of the net. Havlat is expected back for Friday's game.