Jan 14, 2020
San Jose Sharks
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>papishark</b></div><div>For the casual fans especially he’s huge. You have to understand SJ is not a traditional hockey market and the reason they are able to draw in people is continued winning and playoffs. If the sharks rebuild its going to do some terrible things to revenue and the organization in general</div></div>
This is the main point all the rebuilders should focus on. Plattner doesnt fire Wilson because Wilson is not a rebuild GM. All the big contracts signed are fan favorites that sell tickets. Wilson is committed to the playoffs every offseason and he will likely never rebuild only retool. The Sharks core is very determined to be in the playoffs next year, they feed off negative press and always have. No cup yet but when they get into the playoffs they are very dangerous and exciting every year hence only Pittsburgh has more playoff wins in the last 20 years. I can't blame <a href="/users/Kakko_to_New_York" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">@Kakko_to_New_York</a> for thinking the sharks need a rebuild but when you have watched this team as intently as I have you would know that last year was a fluke and very unlikely to happen again. New goaltending and adding a new top six rw and this team is right back in it. return to form for Karlsson, Burns, Vlasic, Meier and Labanc and honestly this is a top 3 team in the west.
Our prospect pool is not incredible but there are some potentially excellent middle six players in there with Chmelevski, Leonard, Chekhovich and Spiridonov. Merkley, despite all the doubters has improved his defensive game dramtically year to year still putting up elite offensive numbers, once Sommer gets a hold of him for a year I think he will be a top 4 elite offensive dman for many years in SJ. There are diamonds in the rough as well with Kniazev and Hattaka.
If you have seen Hertl play outside of his highlight reel you would see a strong, big, aggressive two-way pivot with top 25 skill and strong finish. he doesnt have a lazy shift and even though he is younger he is already a leader on a team full of veterans, that says a lot about his character. If he is moved it will be for an overpayment and will benefit the Sharks way more than the team trading for him - hence he isn't being shopped.
So this rebuild you can talk about all you want but it is not happening this year or anytime soon, if at all. the team will always change a little here and there and evolve constantly but a rebuild won't happen and with Wilson at the helm, won't be necessary. You will see.