That's not to say the Sharks haven't had their problems. San Jose has been somewhat inconsistent so far this season. They started off cold, then got hot. After another recent cold streak, the Sharks look ready to get back on a winning pace.
However, the Sharks' special teams have been dreadful. Honestly, the Sharks won't capture a top seed in the Western Conference or make it very far in the playoffs if these special teams issues and inconsistency problems aren't fixed.
The Sharks have one of the worst—if not the worst—penalty kills in the league. Although their power-play unit got off to a good start, they've been floundering lately.
The Sharks need some more shut-down defensemen and penalty-kill forwards to assist Patrick Marleau, Logan Couture and Joe Thornton.
Here are five trades that could benefit the Sharks going forward this season.