This is part of Sharks day at PHT… There’s only one Brent Burns, that much is clear. Both on and off the ice, there’s no one like him. So, what do you pay a guy that’s always imitated, never duplicated? That’s the dilemma the San Jose Sharks will be faced with in the coming weeks/months. If you were impressed with Bruns’ 17 goals and 60 points in 2014-15, then his 27 goals and 75 points in 2015-16 was out of this world. Over the last three seasons, not many forwards have produced as much as Burns, let alone defensemen. Since being acquired by San Jose in 2011, Burns has hit double digit goals in all but one year (he scored nine in 30 games in 2012-13). “You know how we feel about Brent. Phenomenal
EA Sports released top player rankings for NHL 17 about a week ago, but it isn’t too late to needlessly argue about them. The top 50 overall ratings is probably the best place to start, but EA also shared top 10 lists for centers, defensemen, goalies, left wings and right wings. Now, it’s important not to take this stuff too seriously. There are plenty of things to cool down any diehards who feel like Their Guy was disrespected, but do note that ratings sometimes get tweaked. Still, there are some fun observations and debates that can come from pouring through these rankings, especially if you’re … well, bored. Shea Weber vs. P.K. Subban Did Michel Therrien and Marc Bergevin chime in on the debate?
You’d have to be an awfully harsh critic not to be impressed with what Martin Jones did last season. He “didn’t flinch” under the pressure of a run to the 2016 Stanley Cup Final. San Jose Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer described his efforts as some of the best championship round work of “all-time.” His signing really made the Sharks look smart. With a strong .919 career save percentage in the regular season and a fantastic .923 playoff save percentage, the 26-year-old has succeeded more or less whenever called upon. That brings us to the interesting part, though: there’s not a lot of tape, so to speak, on Jones as an NHL goalie. Small sample The 2015-16 season was just his third of NHL action,