What the Sharks will look like in 2011/2012

The Sharks have been extremely active this offseason.  The Sharks, in two separate trades,acquired two new all-stars: puck moving defenseman Brent Burns and speedy winger Martin Havlat from the Minnesota Wild. In exchange the Sharks shipped off Dany Heatley, Devin Setoguchi and prospect Charlie Coyle. In this swap of all-stars the Sharks gain a much needed defensive depth in Brent Burns and and more offensive speed in winger Martin Havlat.

As a 15 year Sharks fan, I am more excited about this new roster than ever before. The Sharks still have all of their CONSISTENT scorers back. Some are furious that the Sharks would part with an all world scorer and a young gun so quickly.  Yet both of these players are wildly inconsistent, especially in the playoffs (Heatley only had 5 goals in 32 playoffs games with the Sharks).  Now the Sharks have the speed they desperately needed with the same offensive depth that has spoiled San Jose fans over the last few years.  The Sharks will be nearly impossible to catch offensively and will be unstoppable on the powerplay.

Furthermore the Sharks signed another sturdy defenseman, Jim Vandemeer, and a third line center, Mikael Handzius. These two players will be great of the penatly kill, and will bring back some of the grit we lost after dealing Jody Shelley two years ago.

I honestly think the sharks have improved all facets of their roster and will be a cup contendor once again this year. In case you havent seen any of these players before, or don't know much about them, here are some of their most resent highlights.

Burns has such silky hands for a defenseman

An amazing Brent Burns goal

Ovechkin has nothing on Burns

Marty Havlat hangs the goalie out to dry

Top 10 Martin Havlat highlights

Jim Vandemeer knows how to lay the lumber

Vandemeer with the bone crushing hit

Big hit from Michal Handzus

I know this is an old clip, but this shows the defensive grit that Handus will bring the the penalty kill

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