Team Recap: 28th-seeded ’09-’10 San Jose Sharks

The 28th-seeded '09-'10 San Jose Sharks

The 28th-seeded ’09-’10 San Jose Sharks

  • Rob Blake (D)
    • 14 GP   2 G   7 A   9 P   +18*   21 S   0 GWG   8 PIM   0 Stars
  • Dan Boyle (D)
    • 14 GP   1 G   10 A   11 P   +18*   26 S   0 GWG   12* PIM   3 Stars
  • Ryane Clowe (LW)
    • 14 GP   2 G   5 A   7 P   +2   36 S   0 GWG   4 PIM   0 Stars
  • Logan Couture (C)
    • 1 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   Even   0 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Jason Demers (D)
    • 14 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   -1   1 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Dany Heatley (LW)
    • 14 GP   10 G   12* A   22* P   +5   96 S   3* GWG   6 PIM   14* Stars
  • Kent Huskins (D)
    • 14 GP   1 G   1 A   2 P   -2   7 S   1 GWG   2 PIM   1 Stars
  • Derek Joslin (D)
    • 13 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   +1   0 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Jay Leach (D)
    • 11 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   -1   1 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Manny Malhotra (C)
    • 14 GP   4 G   2 A   6 P   Even   40 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   5 Stars
  • Patrick Marleau (C)
    • 14 GP   11* G   10 A   21 P   +7   107* S   1 GWG   6 PIM   10 Stars
  • Jamie McGinn (LW)
    • 14 GP   1 G   1 A   2 P   -1   22 S   0 GWG  4 PIM   2 Stars
  • Torrey Mitchell (C)
    • 13 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   -1   1 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Douglas Murray (D)
    • 14 GP   0 G   1 A   1 P   -2   14 S   0 GWG   8 PIM   0 Stars
  • Evgeni Nabokov (G)
    • 14 GP   14 GS   9-4-1   2.79 GAA   .920 SV%   0 SO   8 Stars
  • Scott Nichol (C)
    • 13 GP   0 G   1 A   1 P   -1   3 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Jed Ortmeyer (RW)
    • 14 GP   1 G   2 A   3 P   -1   19 S   0 GWG   10 PIM   0 Stars
  • Joe Pavelski (RW)
    • 14 GP   4 G   10 A   14 P   +7   34 S   1 GWG   2 PIM   2 Stars
  • Devin Setoguchi (RW)
    • 14 GP   1 G   2 A   3 P   +3   25 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Joe Thornton (C)
    • 14 GP   6 G   8 A   14 P   +2   50 S   3* GWG   6 PIM   6 Stars
  • Marc-Edouard Vlasic (D)
    • 14 GP   0 G   2 A   2 P   -7   3 S   0 GWG   10 PIM   0 Stars
  • Niclas Wallin (D)
    • 14 GP   0 G   1 A   1 P   -7   4 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars

* – Team Best

Team Stats:

  • Record: 9-4-1
  • Goals Scored: 44
  • Goals/Game: 3.14
  • Goals Allowed: 39
  • Goals Allowed/Game: 2.79 – Eighth-best in tournament
  • Shots: 511
  • Shots Allowed: 486
  • Shots/Game: 36.5
  • Shots Allowed/Game: 34.7
  • # of PP’s: 25
  • PPG’s: 2
  • PP%: 8.0% – Fourth-worst for a team that won at least one series
  • TSH: 24
  • PPGA: 5
  • PK%: 79.2%
  • Penalties in minutes: 80

Arguably the best team in San Jose Sharks’ history, the ’09-’10 Sharks are back-to-back representatives for the NorCal franchise. In the inaugural Ultimate NHL Playoff, they had the unfortunate task of facing arguably the greatest team ever in the Second Round. However, they had a bit of an “easier” spot here in the Second Annual UNP and they were able to upset a top-5 seed.

First Round:

Swept 37th-seeded ’08-’09 Atlanta Thrashers, 4-0

Second Round:

Upset 5th-seeded ’14-’15 Chicago Blackhawks, 4-1, after losing Game 1, including a 2OT win in Game 3

Third Round:

Lost to 12th-seeded ’74-’75 Philadelphia Flyers, 4-1

Under Todd McLellan, the ’09-’10 San Jose Sharks posted a 51-20-11 record, which was good for 113 points and 1st in the Pacific Division. They were ranked fourth in the league in goals for with 264 and seventh in the league in goals against with 215. Hockey Reference ranked San Jose’s strength of schedule at 11th in the league. Their SRS rating system gave the Sharks a 0.65 rating, which had San Jose as the third best team in the league that year and the ’09-’10 Sharks as the 2nd best team in franchise history. They faced the Colorado Avalanche in the Conference Quarterfinals and defeated them in six games. Next, they defeated the Detroit Red Wings in five games to advance to the Conference Finals for just the second time in their history. However, in the Conference Finals, they were swept by the eventual Stanley Cup champions, the Chicago Blackhawks. The following season, the Sharks would advance to the Conference Finals, but again not make it out of them.

Their offense was led by the trio of Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau and Dany Heatley. ‘Big Joe’ led the team in points with 89, Marleau was second with 83 and Heatley was third with 82. Marleau led the team in goals with 44 and Heatley was second with 39. Joe Pavelski was third on the team in goals with 25 in just 67 games. Thornton also led the team in assists with 69. Heatley was tied with defenseman Dan Boyle for second on the team in assists with 43. Boyle was a stud for San Jose in advanced stats as well. He posted the team’s highest Corsi%, excluding some guy who only played in 13 games, at 56.3, which was just ahead of Jonathan Cheechoo who posted a 56.1. Boyle and Cheechoo were tied for second in Fenwick For%, trailing only Ryane Clowe. Boyle also posted the teams highest Point Share at 10.6, which beat out goaltender Evgeni Nabokov, who had a 10.2. The Sharks depended a lot on Nabokov, who was a real workhorse for the squad. He appeared in 71 games and earned 44 wins. He also posted a 2.43 goals against average and a .922 save percentage with three shutouts.

Up next are the 27th-seeded ’82-’83 Minnesota North Stars!

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