30 in 30 San Jose Sharks

Zachary DeVine


Historically the San Jose Sharks are not the most active franchise during the dog days of summer. But general manager Doug Wilson made a bigger splash than usual with six key free agent signings this summer.
Speed and Skill added with Boedker 
Mikkel Boedker signed a surprising 4-year, $16 million deal. Most reports where that Boedker was seeking much more, both in term and dollar amount. The speedy winger skates on the off wing as a right-handed shot and was showcased mightily by the Coyotes on the power play last year before being traded to the Colorado Avalanche.  In fact, Boedker was eighth in the NHL last season with 3:59 minutes in power play time. Players finishing with less time on the man advantage included Claude Giroux, Evgeny Malkin, Joe Thornton, Ryan Suter, and Sidney Crosby among others. 
There is little chance the Boedker, 26, will get more special teams time than Thornton, Logan Couture, and Joe Pavelski. But it is an excellent opportunity for him to skate with some elite power play talent around him. 
Overall, the role for Boedker is uncertain. He could benefit from an elite set-up man in Thornton, but Pavelski and Tomas Hertl combined to make that a very dangerous and balanced top line. Boedker will most likely see himself play in the middle-six and see ample time on the power play as well.  
Versatile Defenseman Schlemko Signed
The Sharks made it clear that Roman Polak would not be re-signed and found his replacement quickly in veteran David Schlemko.  
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The utility defender that can do a bit of everything skated in 67 contests last season for the New Jersey Devils and contributed 19 points.  The left-handed defender saw 12 points on the man advantage and can play both the left and right sides.  
The term for Schlemko is long for a journeyman defenseman who has yet to break the 20 point plateau in the NHL, but positions the Sharks well next years' expansion draft. Most writers believe that the Sharks will lose a defenseman to Las Vegas. If the NHL's newest team selects Paul Martin, Brenden Dillion, or perhaps gambles on Mirco Mueller, the Sharks already have a presence that can immediately plug into the line-up.  
World's Okayest Goalie Returns
Aaron Dell, the World's Okayest Goalie, resigned on a two-year deal with the Sharks.  Dell has taken the scenic route through professional hockey and will battle in training camp for