Dobber’s Offseason Fantasy Grades: San Jose Sharks

Michael Clifford


For the last 19 years (12 with The Hockey News) Dobber has reviewed each team from a fantasy-hockey standpoint and graded them.

The 20th annual review will appear here on DobberHockey throughout the summer/fall. 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.



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Gone – Brent Burns, Jonathan Dahlen, John Leonard, Rudolfs Balcers, Ryan Dzingel, Alex Stalock,

Incoming – Luke Kunin, Steven Lorentz, Oskar Lindblom, Nico Sturm, Markus Nutivaara

Impact of Changes – The largest change comes on the blue line with Burns being traded to Carolina. San Jose has a number of aging contracts and managed to get one off their books. Though he's not the guy he was five years ago, Burns is still effective offensively and his departure leaves the top power play unit in Erik Karlsson's hands. Karlsson, though, has had injuries plague him for years now and we could see Ryan Merkley or Mario Ferraro get extended looks on the second unit with Karlsson healthy, or the top unit if he gets injured.

The moves San Jose made, besides trading Burns, were about building depth. The team was very top-heavy in 2021-22, which is why guys like Sturm and Lindblom were brought in. They have, at times, been legitimate middle-6 players with their prior teams and that is something the Sharks desperately need. Lindblom could be a big addition as he looked like a very good two-way winger before his serious health issues. If he can b