San Jose Sharks 2022-23 Season Preview

With an updated prospect pool, a new general manager and head coach, and a free agency period cooling off, San Jose Sharks are gearing up to enter the 2022-23 NHL season. The past few seasons haven’t been kind to them and this has led to management trying to update the list with some new faces and even some old ones. Now that offseason hockey is at its lowest point, it’s time to consider what the sharks have brought together and what it means for the upcoming season.

The prospects for the big names of sharks begin to graduate

Undoubtedly one of the most exciting things to come out of the new season is the emergence of the newbies. In the case of the Sharks, William Eklund and Thomas Bordello will likely make their way to the NHL full-time. Fans were able to get brief glimpses of these two in a few games last year, but both looked ready to start their NHL careers in the 2022-23 season.

William Ecklund, San Jose Sharks (Photo by Bob Coppins/Sportswire Icon via Getty Images)

In the short time that Eklund has played in the NHL, he has shown his serious abilities in the gaming industry. He spent time playing with Thomas Hertle and Jonathan Dahlin, and that streak helped the Sharks take off early in the season. However, the streak was broken when the Sharks returned Eklund to the Swedish Hockey League (SHL) to spend another year in development. While his numbers haven’t been on the pages in the past year, another year of growth should help him get into his groove to start the season.

RELATED: Eklund ready to make an impact in the NHL

Bordello joined the Sharks at the end of the season, and he wasn’t kidding either. Most famously, he scored the penalty shootout winner that completed a comeback against the Vegas Golden Knights just prior to the playoffs, the second time the Golden Knights conceded many late-period goals against the Sharks in a dangerous game. With the addition of his offensive talents, the team will be in a much better position to light the lamp all season long.

Basic sharks ready to bounce

As of now, the Sharks have made it clear that big names like Timo Meier and Hertl will be based in San Jose. With that in mind, they will be looking for the rest of the kernel to step up and try to find their game again. Under the leadership of newly appointed head coach David Quinn, players such as Logan Couture and Eric Carlson are expected to attempt to challenge the aging process.

RELATED: Sharks may have found a recovery coach in Queen

Couture’s goal-scoring abilities have been consistent throughout his career, but his assists have slipped as the team around him has lost his talent. However, with new young players around him, his points total could bounce back to the level he was in during the 2018-2019 season. His contract expires in the 2026-27 season, so the Sharks need to do everything they can to keep him in his prime for as long as possible.

Logan Couture San Jose Sharks
Logan Couture, San Jose Sharks (Jess Starr/The Hockey Book)

It’s possible that Carlson is in the same boat. He had a good year last season, but he’s still far from earning his $11.5 million a year contract. His goal-scoring abilities have waned, but the real dagger is how difficult his total passes can be; He went from 40 to 50 assistant seasons to just 20 to 30 seasons. If the new roster changes can renew the offensive, Carlson could benefit and get his career back on track.

A large number of goalkeepers in sharks

Arguably the brightest part of the 2021-22 season, James Reimer consistently provided a reliable target for the Sharks throughout the year. While many expected it to be dealt with on the trade deadline, it remained stuck. Now, the pressure will be higher than ever on Reimer to maintain these staggering numbers. However, sharks have plenty of options to fall back on if they slip.

James Reimer San Jose Sharks
James Reimer, San Jose Sharks (Jess Starr/Hockey Book)

Adin Hill, Kaapo Kahkonen and Strauss Mann could all find their way into the primary crease as the season progressed, each a relatively young goalkeeper with a reasonable amount of promise. Mann, the youngest of the three, is the sharks’ best shot at finding a reliable start to the future. However, Hill and Kahkonen will also get a chance to earn the starting position between the tubes.

Realistically, this season could go in any direction. The team could come together perfectly and become a playoff contender again, or it could all fall apart, and the sharks could push Connor Bedard. However, even if the team performs worse than it did in 2021-22, fans should be more optimistic about the future than before. Things started to go downhill. With the right moves, San Jose may be able to cheer their team into the playoffs sooner rather than later.



Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: