Thursday, September 27, 2007

Preseason leaders
Weeding out the wannabes


Pavelski, Joe, S.J. 5 2 6 8
Spezza, Jason, Ott. 4 3 5 8
Stastny, Paul, Colo 4 5 3 8
*Hensick, T.J., Colo 5 3 4 7
Roy, Derek, Buf. 3 3 4 7
*Setoguchi, Devin, S.J. 6 5 2 7
Zetterberg, Henrik, Det. 3 4 3 7
Bouchard, Pierre-Marc, Min. 5 1 5 6
Chimera, Jason, ClBJ 4 2 4 6
*Cogliano, Andrew, Edm. 4 4 2 6
*Conner, Chris, Dal. 3 1 5 6
Dumont, J.P., Nsh. 3 1 5 6
*Foligno, Nick, Ott. 5 2 4 6
Gionta, Brian, N.J. 4 4 2 6
Green, Mike, Was. 4 2 4 6
Hlinka, Jaroslav, Colo 5 0 6 6
Holmstrom, Tomas, Det. 3 0 6 6
Jokinen, Jussi, Dal. 4 0 6 6
Liles, John-Michael, Colo. 4 2 4 6
Rolston, Brian, Min. 3 5 1 6
*Ryan, Bobby, Ana. 4 1 5 6
Samuelsson, Mikael, Det. 3 1 5 6
28 tied


Well, we've certainly got quite a few more recognizable names on the list now.

Pavelski and Setoguchi have been getting some big minutes in San Jose as the big guns rest, including on the power play, and the real question might be how they'll produce in supplementary roles against tougher opposition.

Setoguchi's put up decent numbers in junior for three years now, but wasn't really considered a candidate to make the team going in. Pavelski, on the other hand, was always going to be a significant piece of the puzzle in San Jose after a nice rookie season last year.



At 8:47 p.m., September 27, 2007, Blogger Nolan said...

I beg to differ; most Sharks fans expected Setoguchi to make the team this season going into camp.

At 9:09 p.m., September 27, 2007, Blogger James Mirtle said...

All of the Sharks' scoring-line spots appear to be filled, so the question is, do you keep a 20-year-old kid with the big club, right out of junior, to play in a depth role?

Most teams say, 'no,' but he's had a great preseason, and San Jose's gone against the norm in the past (see Vlasic last season).

At 9:41 p.m., September 27, 2007, Blogger Aaron said...

I hear what you're saying James but as a follower of the team I'd have to agree with Nolan, the plan really has been for Setoguchi to make the team. A few things to remember about some of the forwards projected to be in opening night lineup: I think Steve Bernier is on very thin ice and JR is basically in on a tryout. If Bernier struggles I would not be the least bit surprised to see him traded, and possibly traded early if Doug Wilson can get the right deal. The team is too good and too deep to let someone who has already had a fair shot play their way into improving, and if they demote him again it would destroy his trade value. Marcel Goc, who has been solid defensively but can't find the net, is likely in a similar situation. JR's contract is so minimal that if he doesn't play well in October/November the team can cut him without taking any real hit. Even if he plays well expect him to be used sparingly through January and February so that he stays fresh and is then brought back into the fold almost like a deadline acquisition for the playoff run. that would free up a lot of playing time for a younger player. I think Setoguchi is almost assured of a spot on the team, but the biggest questions revolve around how Ron Wilson plans to align his top 6. Will Marleau line up as a C or a LW? Will Clowe stay on the third line or be moved up to protect Marleau/Thornton? If Marleau is a C, does Michalak play with Joe or do you spread it out and play him with Patty? Where does JR fit in? Keep an eye on Torrey Mitchell, it seems like he is one of those guys where the coaching staff is looking for a reason to keep him off the roster but can't find one. There's one thing I do know though, and that is if Doug Wilson thinks the young guys are ready to play and better than the more experienced guys RIGHT NOW, he won't hesitate to make a move and clear up a logjam. Any picks or prospects he can get now are just more ammo to use in March.

At 10:10 p.m., September 27, 2007, Anonymous Matt said...

Shame our blogger fantasy league hasn't started keeping score yet... I have the top 3 guys in the league.

At 12:32 p.m., September 28, 2007, Blogger saskhab said...

Setoguchi was expected to make the Sharks last year, but he was injured in camp.

He's got a great game, a real knack for the net. Good instincts and a quick release... things you just can't really teach. He's been knocked for lazy play, though. He might be better served to curb that in a supplementary role with the big club (earn his minutes) than a top line role (where minutes are just handed to him like in junior).

It's exciting to see Devin making the team.

At 4:24 p.m., September 28, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Go Devin!!!!


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