Why Martin Havlat Is One of the San Jose Sharks' MVPs Despite Not Having a Goal

Michael DeSantisSenior Analyst INovember 5, 2011

Havlat (right) celebrates Ryane Clowe's goal
Havlat (right) celebrates Ryane Clowe's goalGregory Shamus/Getty Images


Eleven games into the season, the San Jose Sharks hold a record of 7-4-0.

Martin Havlat played in his seventh game of the season the other night. So far, Havlat doesn't have any goals yet, which is a big surprise to me. But he has seven assists, averaging a point per game.

The Sharks started slow, but in their last seven games, the Sharks are 6-1-0. Coincidence? I don't think so.

I believe the Sharks got the much better part of the deal when they sent Dany Heatley to theMinnesota Wild for Havlat.

Being a fast sniper, it's only a matter of time until Havlat puts some goals on the board. But as of now, his assists are a huge help to the team. He's set up a lot of big goals so far this season, usually to Ryane Clowe.

He also has a rating of positive four, and most of his assists have come on very nice passes. Last night, he found Patrick Marleau driving towards the net, who went on to beat Penguins netminder Marc-Andre Fleury.

It's also possible Havlat's return has sparked the Sharks, as I mentioned their record with Havlat before. Without Havlat, the team is 1-3-0.

Marty Havlat completes the two great line combos for the Sharks, and has been working extremely well with Ryane Clowe and Logan Couture.

It's only a matter of time until they start getting Havlat into the G column. In my opinion, Havlat's a huge reason why the Sharks are where they are right now.