|Patrick Marleau (AP)|
The Sharks have been a playoff team year in, year out for a long time now and like most good teams that's a sign of some good drafting through the years.
We're counting on Whitney to still have gas in the tank, and why not? He had 77 points last season in Phoenix. Couture and Michalek round out a really nice top line, particularly if Michalek can keep up the scoring touch he had last season in Ottawa.
This line could go a lot of different ways. Marleau is still capable of doing damage while Setoguchi did it while with the Sharks. The rock, though, will be Pavelski. He certainly isn't the biggest center around but he is coming off a strong season and still seems to only be getting better.
We have a veteran line here with some muscle in Clowe. Samuelsson and Goc worked well together last season while playing with the Panthers so adding Clowe to the mix should be an easy addition. This is a sneaky good line.
Offensive Scratch: Torrey Mitchell
There were a few options here, guys like Nick Bonino, Matt Bradley and Marco Sturm, but I'll take Mitchell. He can fit in at a lot of spots, most obviously center, and can contribute some in every way.
We have a complementary pair of defenseman here with Ehrhoff able to be the point producer and Vlasic the strong defenseman -- but he is capable of adding some offense to the mix.
Stuart is now coming full circle and returning to the Sharks this season in real life while Carle just got a huge pay day from the Lightning. Stuart might have to handle a little more defensive responsibility, but this pairing has potential.
Defensive Scratch: Douglas Murray
A career-long member of the Sharks, Murray is the classic defenseman, much more of the shutdown guy. If the group above gets a little porous, he could be slotted in to fix the leak.
Kiprusoff has been a constant in Calgary for so long it's tough to remember he started in San Jose. He takes the starter spot hands down but maybe with the depth of Nabokov and Tomas Griess we can spell a bit more than he gets with the Flames as he played at least 70 games every season since the lockout.