Dobber's offseason fantasy hockey grades – San Jose Sharks
For the last 15 years (12 with The Hockey News, last year’s via pinch-hitter Cam Robinson) Dobber has reviewed each team from a fantasy-hockey standpoint and graded them.
The 16th 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.
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Gone – Eric Fehr, Mikkel Boedker, Mike Hoffman (oh how we hardly knew ye), Jannik Hansen, Paul Martin, Joel Ward
Incoming – None
Impact of changes – The Sharks lost a pair of regular forwards, a regular defenseman and two oft-scratched forwards. Then they brought nobody in. So what does this mean? Well, it means that youth will be served. And it’s about time. There are several forwards champing at the bit for more ice time and several more who are close to making the jump to full time. If you own a Sharks prospect or two it will actually start paying off this year.
Young forwards such as Kevin Labanc, Timo Meier and Marcus Sorensen will see more (and better) ice time. And I think this especially helps the right-shooting wingers because now there are only three of them on the NHL roster as it currently stands – Labanc, Joonas Donskoi and Melker Karlsson. And Labanc’s name should have jumped right out at you when you read that.
Ready for full-time – Antti Suomela is a late-blooming Finn in the same mold as Donskoi, except he has higher upside. The 24-year-old led liiga in scoring last season and as it was with Donskoi he could jump directly onto the Sharks roster. But it would likely be as a part-time player initially, before working his way up the depth chart over the next two seasons. He is one to watch as he has scoring-line upside.
Dylan Gambrell is a skilled player with complementary talent who turned pro in the spring. He saw his NCAA production decline when his U. of Denver team lose such talent as