Owen Nolan: By the numbers


Owen Nolan: By the numbers

Some notable facts and figures regarding former Sharks captain Owen Nolan, who announced his retirement from professional hockey during a press conference at HP Pavilion on Tuesday.

NEWS: Emotional Nolan hangs up skates
1st overall pick in 1990 draft (Quebec Nordiques)

Oct. 4, 1990: Makes his NHL debut at age 18 years, 234 days, the youngest player in NordiquesAvalanche history to do so

Oct. 12, 1991: Records his first NHL hat trick at age 19 years, 242 days; only member of NordiquesAvalanche to do so at a younger age: Joe Sakic (19 years, 107 days)

Dec. 19, 1995 at Anaheim: Became the first (and only) Sharks player to score four goals in a game

Oct. 4, 1999 vs. Blackhawks: Set (and still holds) Sharks single-game record with six points (3g, 3a)

1999-00: Became the first Sharks player to record a 40-goal season, finishing second in the NHL with 44 (Pavel Bure led the league with 58)

1999-00: Led the NHL with 18 power play goals

1999-00: Most points by a Sharks player (84) who had 100 penalty minutes (110 PIM)

Second all-time on Sharks with 934 penalty minutes (Jeff Odgers, 1,001)

Five-time NHL All-Star (four times with the Sharks)

Recorded a hat trick in 1997 All-Star Game at San Jose, the first two of which were an All-Star game record eight seconds apart; scored Wests only goal (his called shot against Dominik Hasek) in the third period in an 11-7 loss

2002 Olympic Gold Medalist with Team Canada

March 5, 2003: Traded to Toronto by San Jose for Alyn McCauley, Brad Boyes and Toronto's first round choice (later traded to Boston) in 2003 Entry Draft

March 10, 2009 at Minnesota (with Wild): Scored his 400th NHL goal against the Sharks, including the game-tying goal with 2:06 left in regulation; the game-tying goal was also his 20th of that season and it was his 10th and final season with 20 goals

10 career 20 goal seasons

Six career 30 goal seasons

Two career 40 goal seasons
Darin Stephens contributed to this report.

Something smells fishy about Sharks' early success on power play

Something smells fishy about Sharks' early success on power play

By many traditional measures, the Sharks’ power play is off to a strong start.

They’ve scored seven times on 30 opportunities, including once in Saturday’s 5-3 loss to the New York Islanders. That mark, 23.3%, would have been good enough for third in the league last season, and is nearly seven percent better than the Sharks were in 2016-17.

San Jose’s made some changes on the man advantage, and are getting a different look on their top power play unit with Tim Heed there instead of another forward. Second-year forward Kevin Labanc is playing a significant role on the second unit, operating as something of a focal point.

The puck’s found the net a lot for the Sharks on the power play, but a deeper look at the numbers reveals that success may be a house of cards.

According to Natural Stat Trick, San Jose ranks in the bottom third of the league in shots, shot attempts, and unblocked shot attempts per 60 minutes. Using those rates allow us to compare teams empirically, equalizing for the amount of time each team has spent on the power play. Those rates, by the way, are not very good.

And each of those are lower than last season, when the Sharks finished 25th in power play percentage. This season, the Sharks are converting more shots, despite attempting less.

It would be tempting to think San Jose can hang their helmets on higher shot quality, but they’ve struggled in that area, too. The Sharks finished just shy of the top ten in high danger chances per 60 minutes last season, but are in the bottom third of the league this season, according to Natural Stat Trick.

So the Sharks are shooting at a lower rate and generating chances at a lower rate than last season, when they had one of the league’s worst power plays, but are scoring at a much higher clip. They’ve converted on about 19% of their shots on the power play, almost doubling their conversion rate (10.5%) from a season ago.

If this doesn’t seem like a sustainable mix, that’s because it’s not. In a small sample size of seven games, the power play’s been good enough, but the Sharks can’t count on converting nearly a fifth of their power play opportunities if they continue to struggle generating shots and chances.

Of course, stranger things have happened in a hockey season, so it’s possible the Sharks can ride a sky-high shooting percentage all season long. Banking on that, however, would be foolhardy.

Sharks come up short in New York despite Couture's hat trick

Sharks come up short in New York despite Couture's hat trick


NEW YORK — Anders Lee had two goals and an assist to lead the New York Islanders to a 5-3 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Saturday night.

John Tavares had a goal and two assists, Josh Bailey added a goal and an assist, and Andrew Ladd also scored to help the Islanders win for the third time in four games. Thomas Greiss stopped 28 shots.

Logan Couture scored all three goals for the Sharks, completing the hat trick with 1:52 remaining to pull them within one. Aaron Dell finished with 18 saves.

Ladd's goal at 3:12 of the third period broke a 2-2 tie. Rookie Mathew Barzal created the scoring chance by taking the puck around the net and then setting up Ladd in the high slot for his second of the season.

Lee's second of the game and fifth of the season gave the Islanders a two-goal cushion with 8:13 remaining as he converted an odd-man rush.

Tavares sealed the win with an empty-netter with 55.4 seconds remaining and helped improve to 22-4-4 in their two-plus seasons at Barclays Center. Tavares points were his first since he had two goals and an assist Oct. 7 against Buffalo, ending a five-game drought.

The Sharks scored the game's opening goal at 6:26 of the second period on the power play. San Jose came away with the offensive draw and Couture scored from the slot, redirected Brent Burns' point shot past Greiss.

The lead lasted just over a minute as Nick Leddy worked his way to the back of the net and then quickly fed Lee for the tying goal.

The Islanders went ahead 58 seconds later after Joe Thornton made a costly turnover in his own end to give Bailey a point-blank chance. Bailey was able to sneak the puck with a backhander between his skates and past Dell to put New York ahead 2-1.

However, an impressive effort by Jannik Hansen to spin past Brock Nelson in the neutral zone led to a quick feed to Couture, who took a few strides and then fired a shot past Greiss to even the score once again.

NOTES: The Islanders held a special pregame ceremony to honor alumni of the organization who were in town for an Islanders Alumni Weekend. Among the players on the ice were Bobby Nystrom, Clark Gillies, Bryan Trottier and Ed Westfall. ... The Islanders scratched D Scott Mayfield, F Josh Ho-Sang and F Nikulay Kulemin. ... San Jose scratched F Joel Ward, F Barclay Goodrow and D Dylan Demelo. ... The Islanders honored Tragically Hip front man Gord Downie by playing music from the band during warmups. Downie passed away on Oct. 17 after succumbing to brain cancer.


Sharks: At the New York Rangers on Monday night.

Islanders: Host Arizona on Tuesday night.