In the Keeping Karlsson Fantasy Hockey Podcast’s 31 Beats series, Elan and Brian are on a league-wide odyssey to explore the fantasy present and future landscapes of each of the NHL’s 31 teams, gathering info by interviewing the people who know them best: beat writers!
On our 6th instalment, Sheng Peng zooms in from Erik Karlsson‘s hockey home to bring us the goods on a surprisingly-low scoring team, the 2019-20 San Jose Sharks! Sheng shares his thoughts with us on whether or not the Sharks struggles should have come a surprise, and whether they’ll continue after the pause for the team as a whole. After that, we dig into each of the individual players, setting expectations for whether Burns and Karlsson can ever hit their highest notes again, and then discussing the potential for Hertl to put a team on his back, the possibility that Meier and Labanc can step forward again after stepping back, the amount of hope left for the Sharks’ crease, and what reserves may or may not be coming through the pipeline to help the cap-crunched team that’s fallen on hard times.
Follow Sheng on Twitter @Sheng_Peng, and check out his work at Fear the Fin.
Players discussed on this episode include Erik Karlsson, Brent Burns, Joe Thornton, Logan Couture, Tomas Hertl, Timo Meier, Kevin Labanc, Martin Jones, Aaron Dell, Ryan Merkly, Noah Gregor and more.
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