The San Jose Sharks are the second of the three California-based NHL teams. The team began to play in the 1991-92 season as the first NHL franchise in the San Francisco Bay Area since the short-lived California Golden Seals. The Sharks’ team stats show plenty of alumni worthy of the Hall of Fame.
The most notable would be Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton, who would lead the Sharks to the height of their success while leading in most San Jose Sharks team stats. Despite not having won the Stanley Cup, the Sharks tend to be a solid team to bet on online. Their NHL odds typically indicate a competitive team.
- Conference Championship
- 6x Division Championships
- Presidents’ Trophy
- Hart Memorial Trophy
- Art Ross Trophy
- Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy
- James Norris Memorial Trophy
- Calder Memorial Trophy
San Jose Sharks Stats & Analysis
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All-Time San Jose Sharks & Records
- Jonathan Cheechoo – Goals: 56 (2005-06).
- Patrick Marleau – Games: 1,607.
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San Jose Sharks Stats & History
The Sharks owe their creation to former Hartford Whalers owner Howard Baldwin, who pushed for an expansion team in the Bay Area. This would be the second NHL team in the Bay Area following the California Golden Seals, who were unsuccessful both on and off the ice. But the Sharks were a lot cooler. And much more competent.
San Jose’s first two seasons were historically bad, since the team won just 28 of its first 164 games. Its 71 losses during the 1992-93 season remain an NHL record as of 2022. But at the start of the 1993-94 season, the team would move to the now-iconic “Shark Tank”, the San Jose Arena.
The team would have consistent success as a contender advancing to the conference semifinals, at the very least, in most of its postseason appearances. General manager Dean Lombardi, hired in 1996, would slowly build a long-lasting contender. He drafted Marleau, acquired franchise goalie Evgeni Nabokov and hired Doug Wilson as coach.
The Sharks would finally advance to the Conference Finals during the 2003-04 season and then, following the NHL lockout, shake up the league by trading for Thornton. This would prove to be a massive deal for San Jose, since Thornton would dominate and become the first Shark to win the Hart and Art Ross trophies.
San Jose would remain a perennial Stanley Cup contender for most of Marleau’s and Thornton’s tenures with the team. Their peak was a Stanley Cup Finals appearance during the 2015-16 season. Following their departures, San Jose would enter a quasi-rebuilding phase, entering the franchise enters what could be an extended period as an also-ran.
However, given this team’s history of winning, it is fair to expect San Jose to remain a formidable team to deal both on ice and on betting lines.