The San Jose Sharks have made it clear by acquiring elite Defenseman Erik Karlsson what their goal is.
A Stanley Cup.
The addition of Karlsson to the Sharks gives San Jose one of the best Defensive groups in the NHL with Brent Burns, Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Joakim Ryan, Brenden Dillon, Justin Braun, and Tim Heed.
Up front San Jose is top heavy.
Evander Kane, Joe Thornton, Joe Pavelski, Tomas Hertl, Logan Couture, and Joonas Donskoi make up their top six.
Depth in my opinion could pose San Jose an issue when playing other contenders such as Vegas, Nashville, and Winnipeg.
Although San Jose will have to face their depth issues, this roster has experience with several playoff runs including a Stanley Cup Finals appearance in 2016.
Looking ahead, the Sharks look solid.
Evander Kane, Logan Couture, Burns, and Vlasic are all signed through the next seven seasons.
Joe Pavelski and Joe Thornton are in their last years of their contracts, will be interesting to see what becomes of that come contract time.
Hertl has four years remaining on his contract, and Goaltender Martin Jones has six seasons on his contract.
Expect to see San Jose in Stanley Cup contention for at least the next few years, especially with Erik Karlsson most likely signing a hefty contract extension.
Evander Kane: http://www.prohockeyrumors.com
Shark Tank: http://www.youtube.com
Erik Karlsson: http://www.nbcsports.com
Martin Jones: http://www.NHL.com
Tomas Hertl: http://www.sportingnews.com
Joe Thornton: http://www.mercurynews.com
Brent Burns: http://www.twitter.com
Logan Couture: http://www.wikipedia.org
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