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  • SharkCircle 10:21 am on December 12, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , DOUGLAS MURRAY, , Justin Braun, Marc-Edouard Vlasic, , , ,   

    San Jose Sharks Trimester Report Card: Defencemen 

    Two days ago, I posted my thoughts on each of the San Jose Sharks forwards through 25 games, and graded each one. Here are my thoughts on the defense, sorted by defense pairs.

    If you would like to be notified when new articles are posted, such as my thoughts on Antti Niemi and Thomas Greiss tomorrow, I encourage you to subscribe to the blog by entering your email address in the top-right corner and clicking the Subscribe! button. This is a great way to support the blog, as is following Shark Circle on twitter.

    Enjoy the blog!

    DEFENSE PAIR 1
    English: Dan Boyle of San Jose Sharks

    DAN BOYLE (27 GP, 1 G, 12 PTS, -2 Plus/Minus) has struggled to play at the elite level we’ve grown accustomed to this season, but he is still an excellent defenseman, and part of that decline is just a result of the game changing. It is harder for “rush” players like Boyle to produce now, as he admitted in that Working The Corners post I just linked to, and as I wrote about a couple of weeks before that in my blog on offense and excitement in our game.

    Still, we’ve grown to expect more from Boyle, and no doubt Boyle expects more from himself. At 35 years of age, some Sharks fans are having a hard time not worrying that this is just the beginning of Boyle’s inevitable physical decline, but I would like to comfort Sharks fans that it isn’t, at least not drastically. Is Boyle every bit as dominant as he was the year he was traded to San Jose, at 32 years of age? Probably not, but if he’s declined in say, speed, it’s about a 3% decline. He’s still the most elusive defenseman in the league after Duncan Keith and Brian Campbell, and as good a puck-mover as anyone. CONTINUE READING FULL POST

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  • SharkCircle 7:16 am on October 18, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    San Jose Sharks vs. Anaheim Ducks Random Impresions, 10/18/2011 

    The Sharks are coming off their third straight loss, two of which have come at the hands of Pacific Division rival the Anaheim Ducks. The latest came tonight at the HP Pavilion, a 3-2 final score. If you missed the game or just enjoy reliving awful memories, check out or game recap here. If you really want to make it a night, you can watch the 2008-2009 Sharks/Ducks playoff series on NHL Gamecenter.

    Or you could read on for our impressions on tonight’s game. So many options! (Says the Editor of a blog that has not had any new content on it for weeks).

    Here are our impressions!

    • The Ducks second line has been a weakness for them for years now, and their GM Bob Murray did the team no favors by failing to get at least an elite second line forward in return for Chris Pronger, and then trading away the forward he did get in Joffrey Lupul. However, tonight their second line played a great game, even out-playing the Sharks own second line. Continue Reading Full Post

     
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