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Top 5 San Jose Sharks Players of All-Time

Since the inception of the franchise in 1991, the San Jose Sharks have had some pretty spectacular players dawn the teal, white, and black. Naturally, trying to select only 5 of these players to declare as “the best” was like trying to choose one puppy from an entire litter of adorable fur balls – very, very difficult. Having said that, I apologize in advance for omitting Jonathan Cheechoo from the list; with a name that great, he should have been guaranteed a spot. After much deliberation, I present to you, the top 5 San Jose Sharks players of all-time:

5. Dan Boyle (D)

Dan Boyle #22 of the San Jose Sharks in action against the Phoenix Coyotes at HP Pavilion on January 24, 2013 in San Jose, California. (Jan. 23, 2013 - Source: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images North America)
(Ezra Shaw/Getty Images North America)

In my mind, Dan Boyle is not-so-arguably the best defenceman in the history of the San Jose Sharks. Throughout his 6 seasons with the club (2008-2014), he played 431 regular season games and registered 269 points (68 goals, 201 assists). Thanks to those impressive numbers, he stands alone atop the pack of all Sharks defencemen in goals, assists, and points – and by a significant margin. He was an integral part of the club’s success, helping lead the team to the playoffs in every season during his tenure. Boyle ranks 4th among all Sharks players in playoff scoring as he racked up a whopping 48 points in 62 playoff appearances. Kind of ridiculous, especially for a defenceman. Although he wasn’t the biggest guy, standing at around 5’11” and 190 pounds, Boyle’s elite hockey sense and unparalleled vision more than compensated for his lack of size. He was the “quarterback” of San Jose’s power play for years, consistently finding ways to set up teammates for prime scoring chances. He also recorded the most power play goals among defencemen in the franchise’s history with 32. His hockey acumen on the ice and calm demeanour off the ice resulted in the Ottawa, Ontario native serving as an assistant captain during his final 4 seasons in San Jose.

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My name is Vanessa... and I'm a hockey nerd. I'm a Sport Media student at Ryerson University who played hockey for 12 years but now prefers to assume spectating responsibilities as a passionate fan of the sport.
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