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Sharks are missing the playoffs

Aug 7 at 8:59
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It’s finally that time, the time where the sharks miss the playoffs. Their depth players are either cruddy young prospects or really old veterans. They lost their captain and their core is very very old minus Hertl. Karlsson’s contract could turn up to be awful, like really awful if his injuries persist. Vlasic isn’t elite anymore and they don’t have Nyqvist. Signing Thornton is a given, but all signing Marleau will do is make them older. They had a rocky start to last year, and if they didn’t get so darn lucky they could’ve been out round one last year. This won’t be a popular opinion, but I think the Sharks finally miss the playoffs, even if it isn’t by much.
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Aug 7 at 9:49
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Quoting: klondikebar
It’s finally that time, the time where the sharks miss the playoffs. Their depth players are either cruddy young prospects or really old veterans. They lost their captain and their core is very very old minus Hertl. Karlsson’s contract could turn up to be awful, like really awful if his injuries persist. Vlasic isn’t elite anymore and they don’t have Nyqvist. Signing Thornton is a given, but all signing Marleau will do is make them older. They had a rocky start to last year, and if they didn’t get so darn lucky they could’ve been out round one last year. This won’t be a popular opinion, but I think the Sharks finally miss the playoffs, even if it isn’t by much.


Honestly I can see it. their top 2 lines are kind of stacked so they will probably be a wildcard team. but i could also see them missing. depends on which martin jones shows up.
Aug 7 at 10:16
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I think the fact that they're in the weak Pacific will allow them to make it. Vegas and Calgary are really the only two teams that seem like a lock for the playoffs. Anaheim, LA, Edmonton are longshots, while Arizona and Vancouver are around 50/50.
Aug 7 at 10:23
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Quoting: klondikebar
It’s finally that time, the time where the sharks miss the playoffs. Their depth players are either cruddy young prospects or really old veterans. They lost their captain and their core is very very old minus Hertl. Karlsson’s contract could turn up to be awful, like really awful if his injuries persist. Vlasic isn’t elite anymore and they don’t have Nyqvist. Signing Thornton is a given, but all signing Marleau will do is make them older. They had a rocky start to last year, and if they didn’t get so darn lucky they could’ve been out round one last year. This won’t be a popular opinion, but I think the Sharks finally miss the playoffs, even if it isn’t by much.


I think they'll make he playoffs, but they won't be serious cup contenders like they have been recently.
Aug 7 at 10:23
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Quoting: DoctorBreakfast
I think the fact that they're in the weak Pacific will allow them to make it. Vegas and Calgary are really the only two teams that seem like a lock for the playoffs. Anaheim, LA, Edmonton are longshots, while Arizona and Vancouver are around 50/50.


Why do i feel like i'm the only person picking Vegas to miss the playoffs? Look at that defence.
Aug 7 at 10:25
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I more see them missing next year rather than this year, however they would only make the playoffs in their division if they do make the playoffs.
Aug 7 at 10:25
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Quoting: klondikebar
It’s finally that time, the time where the sharks miss the playoffs. Their depth players are either cruddy young prospects or really old veterans. They lost their captain and their core is very very old minus Hertl. Karlsson’s contract could turn up to be awful, like really awful if his injuries persist. Vlasic isn’t elite anymore and they don’t have Nyqvist. Signing Thornton is a given, but all signing Marleau will do is make them older. They had a rocky start to last year, and if they didn’t get so darn lucky they could’ve been out round one last year. This won’t be a popular opinion, but I think the Sharks finally miss the playoffs, even if it isn’t by much.


That's a bold prediction and while possible, i don't see it. The Pacific is probably the worst division in the league. I know a lot of people have Vegas in there, but i don't. Arizona, Calgary, and San Jose IMO while 5 teams make it in the Central.
Aug 7 at 10:28
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Quoting: rangersandislesfan
Why do i feel like i'm the only person picking Vegas to miss the playoffs? Look at that defence.


I only feel Calgary is a legitimate "cup contender" in their division. I have Vegas at 4th right now however it could change on a whim. Also Vegas is a really hard team to predict anyhow because in neither year they did as expected.
Aug 7 at 10:48
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Quoting: Hockeylover360
I only feel Calgary is a legitimate "cup contender" in their division. I have Vegas at 4th right now however it could change on a whim. Also Vegas is a really hard team to predict anyhow because in neither year they did as expected.


What do you mean? I know they didn't in 2017-18 but you mean they didn't do as expected in 2018-19? How were they expected to do? I think they did about as expected ... make the playoffs but not by too much and lose early ... though some had them going far and some had them missing the playoffs.
Aug 7 at 10:50
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Quoting: rangersandislesfan
What do you mean? I know they didn't in 2017-18 but you mean they didn't do as expected in 2018-19? How were they expected to do? I think they did about as expected ... make the playoffs but not by too much and lose early ... though some had them going far and some had them missing the playoffs.


Lots predict Vegas to either win their division or be 2nd. Maybe I can't predict them just yet. I'm 0/2 on Vegas.
Aug 7 at 11:20
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Quoting: rangersandislesfan
Why do i feel like i'm the only person picking Vegas to miss the playoffs? Look at that defence.


Nobody wants to doubt Vegas after their debut season lol
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Aug 7 at 12:11
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Why do i feel like i'm the only person picking Vegas to miss the playoffs? Look at that defence.


ehhh fleury is still a good goalie he can sort of negate some of the bad defense.
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Aug 7 at 2:01
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Quoting: hanson493
ehhh fleury is still a good goalie he can sort of negate some of the bad defense.


They could totally make it, but some I thought the votes would be more 50/50 ... it's more 75/25 for Vegas making the playoffs.

Edit: This is based on what people are saying ... I think there'a about a 40% chance they make it, but I'm saying about 75% are saying they make it.
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Aug 7 at 2:23
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Quoting: rangersandislesfan
Why do i feel like i'm the only person picking Vegas to miss the playoffs? Look at that defence.


i don't follow vegas closely but hasn't their defense been adequate?
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Aug 7 at 3:52
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Quoting: Hockeylover360
I only feel Calgary is a legitimate "cup contender" in their division. I have Vegas at 4th right now however it could change on a whim. Also Vegas is a really hard team to predict anyhow because in neither year they did as expected.


Calgary isn't that good. I don't see them winning the division.
Aug 7 at 5:30
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Quoting: mondo
i don't follow vegas closely but hasn't their defense been adequate?


They just traded Colin Miller and IMO they don't have a true #1.
Aug 20 at 7:20
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I think Anaheim and San Jose will surprise everyone this year -- Anaheim by going up (like the Islanders last year), and San Jose by going down.
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Aug 20 at 7:33
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Quoting: OldNYIfan
I think Anaheim and San Jose will surprise everyone this year -- Anaheim by going up (like the Islanders last year), and San Jose by going down.


A lot of it depends on Marleau and Thornton IMO. Sounds like Thornton's coming back and Marleau seems like a maybe.
Aug 21 at 10:49
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Quoting: OldNYIfan
I think Anaheim and San Jose will surprise everyone this year -- Anaheim by going up (like the Islanders last year), and San Jose by going down.


After reading that Josh Manson article, I think a lot of players feel like they have something to prove. I don't expect them to make the playoffs but I wouldn't be surprised to see them sneak in and do some damage.
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Aug 21 at 2:26
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Sharks shouldn't be missing. They've got enough talent up front even with the loss of Pavelski, especially as guys like Meier, Labanc and Hertl continue to improve. There's also room for young players to step in and provide solid offense (probably either Chekhovich or Chmelevski), and I think one of them can do a solid job in the top nine. Defensively, I think Vlasic will have a bounce back year, plus Simek will be healthy, as he was an excellent partner for Burns. Losing Braun shouldn't be a huge loss, but I think Karlsson coming into the season healthy is going to be huge for them.

In a weak Pacific division, they should be in for sure. My top three are Vegas, San Jose and Arizona. The only thing I really see that could tank the Sharks (besides injuries) is goaltending, but I think it'll be decent enough to get them in.
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Aug 21 at 7:04
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Quoting: awatt
After reading that Josh Manson article, I think a lot of players feel like they have something to prove. I don't expect them to make the playoffs but I wouldn't be surprised to see them sneak in and do some damage.


What Josh Manson article?
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Aug 22 at 10:16
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Quoting: rangersandislesfan
What Josh Manson article?


It was on The Athletic. It came out about a week or so.
Aug 22 at 12:00
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Quoting: awatt
It was on The Athletic. It came out about a week or so.


About what?
Aug 22 at 12:09
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About what?


Go on the athletic and read it....
Aug 22 at 6:16
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Quoting: klondikebar
Nobody wants to doubt Vegas after their debut season lol


Vegas has an absolutely stacked offense. Possibly the best in the NHL. If Fleury stays healthy I think they're a virtual lock to make the playoffs. SJS has a superior D (at least offensively), but they lack Vegas' offensive depth and goaltending. I think they'll make it, but it'll be close. ARI will finally make it and CGY will regress, but they're still playoff contenders. They'll finish 9th in the West. VAN will improve drastically, but just miss.

Here's my Pacific predictions (Top 3 make the playoffs w/ 5 teams from the Central):

1. VGK
2. ARI
3. SJS
4. CGY
5. VAN
6. EDM
7. ANA
8. LAK
 
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