When the Sharks lost their home opener on Saturday after being off for six straight days, a natural excuse for fans and members of the organization was “rust and jet lag”. However, after losing 5-2 to the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday, the Sharks have no such excuse to utilize.
Simply put, the Sharks are playing a sloppy and uninspiring brand of hockey. Turnovers, lack of awareness, and poor decision making has led to a major slump with and without the puck. Combine those mental mistakes with a team that seems disinterested in engaging physically with their speed and size, and losses are bound to accumulate in quick fashion.
Now obviously head coach Todd McLellan has some specifc concerns that he can address with his team but should fans be concerned about the Sharks’ playoff chances this season? Depending on which reports you read, some will be telling you that the Sharks are in danger of not even qualifying for the playoffs this season. Say…..what?
The Sharks have played just over four percent of their regular season schedule—way too early to analyze where they will finish come game 82. After all, history has shown that if the Sharks continue to struggle for a long stretch, General Manager Doug Wilson won’t hesitate to pull the trigger on a blockbuster move. Therefore, throwing out the idea of a Stanley Cup contender like San Jose possibly not making the playoffs after just four regular season games is rather absurd.
With the changes made over the offseason, the Sharks (like every NHL team) will need at least 12-15 games under their belts before a realistic statement can be made about what the current roster offers come playoff time.
Will the Sharks need to add a defenseman or two come mid-season or by the trade dealine? Perhaps, but at this point in time it is too early to judge as the season is yet to hit stride.
So should their fans be worried? No, absolutely not………..Not yet, anyway.