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June 26, 2011
Plugging Holes
Pacific Division

by Jonathan Willis


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With the Stanley Cup heading back to Boston, it's time for every NHL team to evaluate its roster and see how it can retool for next season. The analysts of Hockey Prospectus provide some help, identifying the biggest shortcoming on every NHL roster using their GVT valuation metric (explained here) and offering a unique suggestion on how to fix it for 2011-12. The series continues today with fixes for the five teams in the Pacific Division, where the Sharks could use some more talent on their blue line.

San Jose Sharks

The hole: Upgrade the blue line

San Jose finished second in the Western Conference and fourth in the National Hockey League. Goals for, goals against, five-on-five play, power-play conversion -- the Sharks were in the league's top 10 in all those categories. A strong set of forwards is complemented by a solid group of defensemen and backed up by a respectable pair of goaltenders. Still, there is some room for improvement -- San Jose added pending free agent Ian White at the trade deadline, and with his future still uncertain, it makes sense for the club to upgrade its blue line.

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