Dobber’s 2021 Offseason Fantasy Grades: San Jose Sharks

Michael Clifford


For the last 18 years (12 with The Hockey News) Dobber has reviewed each team from a fantasy-hockey standpoint and graded them.

The 19th 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 both for the season ahead as well as the foreseeable future. Offensively, will the team perform? Are there plenty of depth options worthy of owning in keeper leagues? What about over the next two or three years? These questions are what I take into consideration when looking at the depth chart and the player potential on that depth chart.


Gone – Martin Jones, Christian Jaros, Greg Pateryn, Kurtis Gabriel

Incoming – Nick Bonino, Andrew Cogliano, Adin Hill, James Reimer, Lane Pederson

Impact of Changes – The last couple seasons have seen the Sharks be fairly quiet in the offseason. We are used to them trading for Evander Kane, or Erik Karlsson, or signing massive contracts, but none of that has happened recently. It seems the team has accepted its fate that the Cup window is closed and it's time to move to the next chapter. They haven't completely given up on the Couture/Hertl/Burns core just yet, but they filled a couple bottom-6 roles and left the rest open for some kids to take a run at them. That isn't a team that is on the precipice of a Stanley Cup. Between Aaron Dell leaving last year and Martin Jones being bought out this year, they've completely overhauled their goaltending in the last 12 months, finally. This was a team that was last in the league in team save percentage across the last three seasons. Mercifully, their Martin Jones Experiment has ended, and they're trying Literally Anything Else instead. That comes in the form of Adin Hill – formerly of Arizona – and vetera