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Top 5 moves in San Jose Sharks history
- Updated: August 8, 2013
The San Jose Sharks are one of the youngest franchises in sports, however, they have had their fair share of major deals. Deals that have cost the franchise spectacular players, but also deals that have shaped the franchise into its prime. Here are the top five transactions in Sharks history:
1. The acquisition of Joe Thornton from the Boston Bruins
On November 30, 2005 the San Jose Sharks gave away Brad Stuart, Marco Sturm, and Wayne Primeau for Joe Thornton. Since the arrival of Thornton in the 2005-2006 season San Jose has not missed the playoffs and have only been ousted in the first round twice. Thornton in his career with the Sharks has dominated having 664 points and 502 assists. On top of this, he boasts the best plus-minus at plus 133.
2. Drafting Patrick Marleau
The top two draft picks in the 1997 NHL Draft were Joe Thornton to the Boston Bruins and Patrick Marleau to the Sharks. Little did the hockey world think that these two players would one day be playing on the same line. Marleau has been everything and more for the San Jose Sharks. He is the face of the franchise and is the franchise leader in goals and points. While he has been mediocre over the past couple seasons, there is no denying that Marleau is the best Shark of all-time.
3. Drafting Evgeni Nabokov
The best goaltender in San Jose’s history was selected in the ninth round of the 1994 NHL Draft. Standing at 6 foot 200 pounds “Nabby” got his chance in the 2000-2001 season and did not disappoint. He became the winningest goaltender in Sharks history with 293 and will forever be remembered by Sharks’ fans as the best.
4. The acquisition of Owen Nolan
The Sharks acquired right winger Owen Nolan in 1995-1996 campaign. Nolan became one of the most loved Sharks in history scoring 206 goals and adding 245 assists during his tenure in San Jose. He provided entertainment night in and night out and will always be remembered for his goal in the 1997 All-Star Game in San Jose.
5. The acquisition of Dan Boyle
On Independence Day in 2008 San Jose received one of their greatest defenseman of all-time. Dan Boyle has been nothing short of spectacular in his years in San Jose. Boyle has the most points of any defenseman in Sharks history and has played a large role in the team’s playoff run over the last eight seasons.
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