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San Jose Sharks Stats, Odds, Standings and Schedule for 2023-24 NHL Season

San Jose Sharks Last Season Performance

It was a rough season in the Shark Tank as the home team won just eight times in 41 tries in front of their fans.

The San Jose Sharks managed just 60 points – their lowest total in a full season since 1995-96 – and 40 skaters put on a Sharks sweater for at least one game.

Despite the disappointing campaign, defenseman Erik Karlsson put up 101 points and won his third Norris Trophy. But as part of the rebuild, Karlsson was dealt to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the offseason.

Logan Couture led the team’s forwards in scoring with 27 goals and 67 points while Tomas Hertl added 22 and 63, respectively. The Sharks were 25th in the league in scoring (2.84).

San Jose was eighth in the league on the penalty kill, but 30th in goals against overall. Kaapo Kahkonen and James Reimer got most of the time in net and the Sharks allowed 3.84 goals per contest.

San Jose Sharks Offseason Changes

Key Additions

The Sharks acquired plenty of draft picks and a few prospects that may get a look later in the season, but they also brought in some established veterans.

San Jose accepted forwards Anthony Duclair, Mikael Granlund and Mike Hoffman in trades. The trio had 26 goals combined last season, but Duclair missed most of it with injury after netting 31 in 2021-22.

In addition, San Jose acquired goalie Mackenzie Blackwood from New Jersey and defenseman Jan Rutta from Pittsburgh. The Sharks also signed former sixth overall pick Filip Zadina, a right wing who was bought out by Detroit.

Key Subtractions

Karlsson’s departure is the only major subtraction from the lineup, but there are likely to be more this season with several forwards on the final year of their contracts.

Reimer was also let go and bottom-six forward Steven Lorentz got dealt. Forwards Noah Gregor, Jonah Gadjovich, Evgeny Svechnikov and Andreas Johnsson were not re-signed.

San Jose Sharks Head Coach Analysis

David Quinn begins his second season as coach in San Jose and will likely have to show at least some improvement to be assured of a third.

The 57-year-old Quinn was 105-69-21 at Boston University before being hired by the New York Rangers in 2018. Quinn was 96-87-25 in seasons with the Rangers before being fired.

Quinn also coached the United States team at the 2022 Winter Olympics – without NHL players.

San Jose Sharks Prediction for the 2023-24 Season

General Manager Mike Grier said he is confident the Sharks are on the right track, but the time it will take to finish the rebuild is hard to predict.

Third overall pick Will Smith will stay at Boston College, but fellow forwards William Eklund and Thomas Bordeleau might get games in the top nine this season.

Those two, along with 24-year-old forward Fabian Zetterlund, could give the Sharks some juice and pay off moneyline bettors at the sportsbook a bit more this season.

Zetterlund was acquired from New Jersey in the Timo Meier trade. Hoffman, Granlund, Zadina and Duclair will help as well while being good chips at the trade deadline

Couture, Hertl and Alexander Barabanov (47 points) are back and more is expected from former first-round pick Luke Kunin, who was limited to 31 games by injuries last season.

The defense must get better. But Rutta should help a group led by Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Mario Ferraro and Matt Benning.

The Sharks are +1000 to make the playoffs in the live betting. Save your money for a futures bet when Grier finishes the job.

San Jose Sharks FAQs

Can Eklund Become a Factor for the Sharks?

Eklund recorded 23 points across 40 games (2020-21) in Sweden’s second-tier men’s league and was drafted seventh overall by the Sharks that summer. Eklund is still just 20 and coming off shoulder surgery, so he may still be a year away from a major role.

The left wing recorded 41 points in 54 games for the San Jose Barracuda of the AHL last season and had two goals to go along with an assist in eight games with the Sharks. Expect him to be in a Sharks uniform more this season.

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How many Stanley Cups have the San Jose Sharks won?

None. The Sharks lost in the conference finals four times before winning the West in 2015-16. San Jose lost in the Cup finals to Pittsburgh four games to two. The Sharks also made the conference finals in 2019, losing to St. Louis.

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Is Kahkonen a good bet to top his win total?

Kahkonen struggled in his first full season with the Sharks, going 9-20-7 with an .883 save percentage, and nine teams gave up more shots per game than San Jose.

The Finn was much better the previous season, though, with a .912 SP in 36 games between Minnesota and the Sharks.

We expect a better year from the Helsinki product, but San Jose likely won’t record many victories and Blackwood will get some of them. Kahkonen’s win total is 15 ½ in the Las Vegas odds. Bet the under.

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Were the Sharks an Original Six Team?

No, the Sharks were an NHL expansion team founded in 1991. San Jose made the playoffs for the first time in 1993-94 when it beat Detroit in the first round.

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