The Sharks' new kits had been leaked prior to the official release, but their announcement was still well done and generally well-received. San Jose will be going with a mostly teal and white scheme, with the biggest change being the the diminished presence of the color black.
Following the departure of Doug Wilson -- Sharks GM 2003-2022 -- San Jose is ushering into a new era, and they are running under the mantra of 'Evolve' for the upcoming season.
Boasting a strong core of veteran forwards headlined by Timo Meier
, Logan Couture
, and Tomas Hertl
, the Sharks added quality depth forward in Oskar Lindblom
, Luke Kunin
, Steven Lorentz
, and most recently Evgeny Svechnikov. Offensively, they should boast quietly potent group, and it is more than obvious where their Achilles' heel will be.
As it stands, the Sharks' top defensive pair is Erik Karlsson
and Mario Ferraro
. San Jose ranked 20th in goals against and dead last in goals-for last season, and they traded away Brent Burns
this offseason. Their top-six is nothing to strut, but it isn't the worst in the league. Another factor to consider is that new head coach David Quinn is not known as a defensive wizard.
Sharks games will be high-event and entertaining this season, and a lot of their success is reliant on their defense stepping up and goaltenders Kaapo Kahkonen
and James Reimer
holding up their end and then some. Their new uniforms are a little different, there is some buzz about the new management and coaching staff, and generally there is a lot for Sharks fans to be excited about.