The Hockey News Ranks Top 50 Players

Thornton, Boyle, Heatley and Marleau make the list

Tuesday, 08.24.2010 / 2:52 PM PT / News
By San Jose Sharks Staff
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The Hockey News Ranks Top 50 Players
The Hockey News recently published its best 50 players list for the coming NHL season and the Sharks are a big part of the picture. The rankings are clearly subjective and different writers would each have alternate rankings, however, there is no doubt those making the list are among the League’s elite.

For San Jose, the franchise placed four players in the arbitrary grouping and they include Joe Thornton (25), Dan Boyle (34), Dany Heatley (38) and Patrick Marleau (42). The four skaters ranked tied for second with clubs like Washington and Chicago for team representation.

The leader among all clubs, with five players on the list, was the Vancouver Canucks.

The magazine was kind to San Jose in another well deserved area. It ranked HP Pavilion as the fifth toughest place to play in the history of the NHL, with only Joe Louis Arena (3, Detroit) ranking higher among current buildings. Past indoor stadiums that finished just ahead of HP Pavilion are the Montreal Forum (1), Boston Garden (2) and the Spectrum (3, Philadelphia).

5 YEAR TRENDS
In the last five seasons, the Sharks rank second only to Detroit in wins with an average of 49.6 per campaign.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - ANA 78 49 22 7 227 216 105
2 x - NSH 77 47 22 8 220 188 102
3 STL 76 46 23 7 229 190 99
4 CHI 76 46 24 6 217 176 98
5 MIN 76 44 25 7 219 186 95
6 VAN 76 44 27 5 219 204 93
7 CGY 77 42 28 7 229 204 91
8 WPG 76 39 25 12 215 201 90
9 LAK 76 37 25 14 201 192 88
10 DAL 77 37 30 10 239 248 84
11 SJS 76 37 30 9 212 215 83
12 COL 76 35 29 12 206 213 82
13 EDM 76 23 40 13 185 255 59
14 ARI 77 23 46 8 161 256 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 76 36 31 9 67
L. Couture 76 25 37 -4 62
J. Thornton 72 14 48 -5 62
B. Burns 76 16 40 -6 56
P. Marleau 76 17 36 -17 53
T. Wingels 69 15 20 -5 35
T. Hertl 76 12 17 -2 29
M. Nieto 66 8 16 -11 24
M. Vlasic 70 9 14 12 23
J. Braun 65 1 22 6 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Stalock 7 7 2 .905 2.55
A. Niemi 29 22 7 .914 2.62
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