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Weekly Recap: Sharks Edition (January 17)

January 17, 2021, 8:19 PM ET [0 Comments]
Ben Shelley
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The San Jose Sharks opened the season this week, with two games against the Arizona Coyotes. Here’s the weekly recap.


The Sharks went 1-1 in their first two games of the season, against the Arizona Coyotes. The Sharks squeaked out a shootout win in the season opener, before falling 5-3 in the second meeting between the teams.


The Sharks made a notable roster move this week, claiming forward Rudolfs Balcers off waivers from the Ottawa Senators. Balcers was originally drafted by the Sharks and was dealt to Ottawa as part of the Erik Karlsson trade.


Forward Joel Kellman was placed on waivers by the Sharks today. Kellman played in San Jose’s first game against the Coyotes, registering one shot in just over 12 minutes of ice time.

As for our poll questions this week, here are some of the results, along with my thoughts on how they turned out:

QUESTION: Do you think the Sharks will finish ahead of the Coyotes in the standings this season?

(Votes: 62)

Yes: 58%
No: 42%

As we saw in the first two games of the season, neither team is clearly better than the other. The Sharks and Coyotes should be fairly evenly matched throughout the season.

QUESTION: Do you think Rudolfs Balcers will earn a full-time role with the Sharks this season?

(Votes: 125)

Yes: 66%
No: 34%

Claiming Balcers off waivers was a good move for the Sharks, but we’ll have to see whether he can earn a full-time spot in the Sharks’ lineup this season. San Jose may lack scoring depth once again and if so, Balcers could earn a larger role with a string of strong performances.

QUESTION: Who will lead the team in points this year?

(Votes: 44)

Tomas Hertl: 30%
Logan Couture: 18%
Erik Karlsson: 18%
Timo Meier: 14%
Evander Kane: 11%
Brent Burns: 7%
Someone else: 2%

I don’t think there’s necessarily a clear favourite here and obviously, injuries could play a factor as well. That said, Tomas Hertl is leading the way for the Sharks so far.

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