Dobber’s Offseason Fantasy Grades: San Jose

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2016-09-07

Dobber's offseason fantasy hockey grades – San Jose Sharks

 

For the last 13 years (12 with The Hockey News) I have reviewed each team from a fantasy-hockey standpoint and graded them. My 14th annual review will appear here on DobberHockey throughout the summer. This is not a review of the likely performance on the ice or in the standings, but in the realm of fantasy hockey.

Enjoy!

 

GoneNick Spaling, Matt Tennyson, Roman Polak, James Reimer, Dainius Zubrus

 

IncomingMikkel Boedker, David Schlemko

 

Impact of changes – They didn’t make a lot of moves and they didn’t have a whole lot of cap space to make those moves. But the moves they made unquestionably improved the team. The addition of Boedker gives them a top six forward with 20-goal, 55-point potential – and his arrival solidifies the top nine. It actually pushes Melker Karlsson (likely) to the fourth line. Check out these projected line combos (per my Fantasy Guide):

Joe ThorntonJoe PavelskiJoonas Donskoi

Tomas HertlLogan CoutureTommy Wingels

Mikkel BoedkerPatrick MarleauJoel Ward

Melker KarlssonChris Tierney – Matthew Nieto

With Karlsson, Donskoi and Wingels interchangeable. This is an aging group, with core guys Thornton (37), Marleau (38) and Pavelski (32) now past their prime. But they have a couple of top prospects knocking on the door, and Boedker (26) was one of the youngest unrestricted free agents out there. His signing, combined with a healthy roster, could mean that both Timo Meier and Nikolay Goldobin (more on them below) start the season in the minors – with Meier going back to the QMJHL.

The Schlemko signing gives the team the option of delaying Mirco Mueller’s arrival for another year.

 

Ready for full-time – Goldobin tallied 21 goals and 44 points in 60 AHL games last season, so he’s almost got that league figured out. He’s on the cusp of a roster spot, though the Boedker signing will ma