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Meet the 2015-16 Sharks
Taking a look at the goaltender and coaches
10/6/15 - By Mike Lee -

The 2015-16 NHL Regular Season gets underway on Wednesday night when the Sharks travel to Southern California to take on their rivals, the Los Angeles Kings. As the San Jose tries to rebound from their worst season in over 10 years, we take a quick look at the players that will adorn the teal and black this season. Sharks General Manager Doug Wilson didn't dismantle his underperforming roster, but he did retool some of the lineup as the team tries to get back in the playoff hunt after getting bumped last season. San Jose looks to a blend of veterans, youngsters and new free agents.

Today, we take a look at the goaltenders and coaching staff.

Goaltenders

Martin Jones
2014-15 Club Games W-L-OTL GA GAA Sav%
Los Angeles 15 4-5-2 29 2.25 .906
The Antti Niemi era is over, and the Sharks paid a steep price to usher in a replacement. Sharks GM Doug Wilson decided he wanted younger netminder that he could base a foundation around for years to come, so he sent the Boston Bruins a 1st round pick for Martin Jones. That's a big bet for a goaltender who has all of 34 games of NHL experience under his belt. Those 34 games came a the understudy to Jonathan Quick in Los Angeles, where won 12 of 18 games in 2013-14. Jones numbers fell along with the Kings fortunes last season when he posted a 4-5-2 record and a .906 save percentage. If Jones plays like he did in preseason, then the acquisition may go down as Wilson's second fleecing of the Bruins. You may recall that he acquired that Joe Thornton guy a few years ago, which turned out pretty good for San Jose. The new number one goaltender in San Jose finished the preseason with a 3-1-0 record in four full games, including two shutouts, posting a 0.76 goals against average and .970 save percentage. Don't expect him to sustain those kind of numbers for a full season, but it demonstrates that this isn't just some hack that San Jose is throwing in net. The starting job is Jones' to lose.

Alex Stalock
2014-15 Club Games W-L-OTL GA GAA Sav%
San Jose 22 8-9-2 54 2.62 .902
Stalock continues to be the sad sack goaltender that just can't seem to buy a break. After years of toiling in the Sharks season, which included a long rehabilitation after severing a ligament in his leg, the goaltender finally got a shot to be a regular in the NHL. He was pegged as Antti Niemi's backup, but when the Sharks number one guy faltered last season, Stalock didn't have much of a defense to help support him. Stalock will serve as Jones backup this season, but don't be surprised if Stalock gets a regular look should Jones falter. The 28-year old netminder is entering the prime of his career, but he'll have to improve on his .902 save percentage from last season. Like Jones, 2013-14 was a banner year for Stalock, but his game went south last season when the Sharks decided they were pretenders. Stalock knows the Sharks system well, and should benefit from having Evgeni Nabokov around to pick him up when his game falters. Stalock is surrounded by a great support group, so it's up to him to seize the limited moments that he'll get this season.


Coaching Staff

Peter DeBoer
The Sharks new bench boss steps into a tough situation. He inherits a roster that either underachieved last season, or they were exposed as a declining lineup that showed their age. Regardless, the Sharks needed a shakeup and DeBoer is the guy Doug Wilson elected to hand the reigns to. If seasoned vets like Thornton and Patrick Marleau were looking for more autonomy, it's not clear if DeBoer is the best option to provide a "do as you like" kind of environment. It's clear that Thornton didn't exactly jive with DeBoer's predecessor, Todd McLellan, so who's to say that Thornton will gel with his new coach. Both he and Marleau are entering the twilight years of their professional careers, so they may be looking for a little slack. DeBoer will need to establish himself in the locker room early, as he's got a mix of young and old players. If the inmates run the asylum, then the younger players may not develop as the Sharks are envisioning.

Bob Boughner
The Sharks add a non nonsense coach who leads like he played. Boughner was a coach's player, who spent time on 6 different NHL rosters. The journeyman defenseman played in 630 NHL games, before taking up the coaching ranks. Boughner won a Memorial Cup with the Windsor Spitfires in 2009 as the head coach. Boughner spent 8 years in Windsor as head coach, with a one year hiatus to serve as an assistant in Columbus with the Blue Jackets in 2010.

Steve Spott
Spott has served in the coaching ranks since 1995, primarily in the OHL. Spott has no NHL playing experience, but finally got a taste of the of the NHL last year where he served as an assistant with the Toronto Maple Leafs. He spent 10 years in Kitchener, where he joined the OHL franchise as an assistant coach in 2002, before being promoted to head coach in 2008.

Johan Hedberg
Sharks fans will remember Hedberg as one of Warren Strelow's deciples after the Sharks acquired him in 1999. He spent one season with the Sharks development affiliate, the Kentucky Thoroughblades, before he was traded to the PIttsburgh Penguins. Hedberg went on to play for five NHL teams, including the New Jersey Devils, where he played for DeBoer. Hedberg will serve as the Sharks goaltenders coach. He served in the same capacity last season in Albany, with the Devils AHL affiliate.







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