How good and how intriguing are the San Jose Sharks?
Tim Panaccio of the Philadelphia Inquirer actually dedicated his Sunday column to them (login info.). And as most people on the West Coast know, the East Coast papers rarely mention Western Conference teams this soon before the playoffs.
But the Sharks are an interesting team. People are starting to notice. The Sharks getting Brian Campbell (along with their acquisition of Joe Thornton) took a solid team and made them something special. They move the puck, they’ve got speed, but there’s a defensive sensibility. Basically, it’s a great forecheck that knows the value of a disciplined backcheck. I’m leaning toward the Sharks as my Stanley Cup winner pick.