It's no coincidence that the Sharks' best start to the season landed them the President's Trophy for best record in the NHL.
That being said, from this list we've seen how the Sharks have lost in the first round as the President's Trophy winner versus the Ducks and also beat out a President's Trophy winner in the St. Louis Blues.
So while having the best regular season doesn't guarantee post-season success, I've yet to hear an argument showing that a top-notch regular season is a detriment to playoff success.
Right now, the Sharks sit at 3-3-0 with four games left in the month of October, all of which are on the road.
If the Sharks win out, that will put them at 7-3-0 with 14 points, hitting our pre-season goals for the first month.
Currently at No. 9, this would put them anywhere from No. 3 to No. 5 on this list with the current No. 5 dropping down and pushing everything down thereafter.
That's a pretty big 'if' at this point though, and after starting 1-3, maintaining any spot on this list will be beneficial to the long-term success of the season.