It’s official! The San Jose Sharks have named Joe Pavelski as the newest captain of the Sharks. Pavelski is the ninth captain in Sharks History. The Sharks were without a captain in the 2014-15 season. Thornton, Marleau, Pavelski, and Vlasic were named alternates after Joe Thornton was stripped of his captaincy that offseason.
It’s no surprise as Pavelski has long proven himself worthy of the leadership role. He netted 37 goals last season, just short of his career-highs of 41 goals and 79 points in the 2013-14 campaign. He didn’t shy away from being vocal either. In the EPIX series leading up to the Sharks – Kings Stadium Series, he delivered an expletive-laden locker room speech during the intermission of a game against the Arizona Coyotes.
Pavelski’s promotion to captaincy is just one of the couple offseason changes for the Sharks. Head coach Peter DeBoer had said that a captain would be named just prior to the season starting as to avoid any distractions heading into the Sharks’ 25th anniversary season.
Along with Joe Pavelski as captain, Joe Thornton and Logan Couture were named the alternates. One noticeable omission from the leadership-letter group is Patrick Marleau, who had previously worn the ‘A’ as well as the ‘C’ before Thornton’s arrival back in ’04-05 and promotion. While the Sharks in general had a very forgettable season last year, Marleau had the team’s worst plus-minus rating, -17. It was also the second worst season Marleau has had since 2007-08. He also scored his lowest goal totals in two years, with only 19 goals, almost half of what he had last season.
With the leadership group now identified, new additions on the roster, and a new coaching staff led by DeBoer, the Sharks look primed and ready to try and make their 25th anniversary a memorable one.