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by Paul on 07/17/12 at 01:09 PM ET
from Kevin Kurz of CSN BayArea,
It also means that San Jose hasn’t done much to fix what was one of its gaping holes last season, and that is the lack of secondary scoring, and production from the third and fourth lines.
While the Sharks’ still boast an impressive and productive top-six in Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau, Joe Pavelski, Logan Couture, Ryane Clowe and Marty Havlat, the offensive output of the rest of the forward group under contract drops off dramatically after that.
In fact, when you combine the scoring of what would probably be the bottom six forwards at this point (Andrew Desjardins, Michal Handzus, Adam Burish, Tommy Wingels, James Sheppard and John McCarthy or Tim Kennedy), you get a total of 21 goals scored last season in 278 games.
That’s one goal every 13.2 games, and doesn’t even include Sheppard, who hasn’t skated in an NHL game since the 2009-10 season.
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