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The anatomy of Jannik Hansen's recently-broken scoring drought after nearly one year

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The anatomy of Jannik Hansen's recently-broken scoring drought after nearly one year

Jannik Hansen's game-winning goal against the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday marked the first time he scored in 355 days. 

Hansen last scored on Mar. 30, 2017 against the Edmonton Oilers, his second goal with the Sharks following an in-season trade. His scoring drought, in all, lasted 44 regular season games, 50 if you include the postseason. 

How exactly does a goal-scoring drought last nearly a year? The right (wrong?) circumstances all need to come together, and that was certainly the case for Hansen for much of the last year.

For one, the Danish forward was in and out of the lineup. San Jose played 83 regular season and postseason games between Hansen's second and third goals, and he did not play in 33 of those games. Plenty of players have had rough 50-game stretches, and that's often without not playing for weeks at a time, as Hansen has done a couple of times this season. 

When Hansen did draw into the lineup this year, however, he wasn't generating offense at the same rate he had in the past. This season, Hansen's five-on-five shot rate (6.19 shots per 60 minutes), shot attempt rate (10.53 individual corsi per 60), and unblocked shot attempt rate (8.95 individual fenwick per 60) were all down from his career averages, according to Corsica Hockey. 

That decline is natural, considering Hansen turned 32 just six days ago. Those rates were not down enough, however, to expect him to fail to score in his first 39 appearances this season. Naturally, a long run of bad luck played a big role in Hansen's dry spell.

Hansen went 0-for-66 in shots over the 50 consecutive regular season and playoff games in which he did not score. He's a career 11-percent shooter, and had he shot at his career average, he would have scored seven goals during that time. That feels about right for a bottom-six forward. 

In many ways, all of these factors fed into one another. Hansen wasn't generating shots or scoring, then was scratched, then couldn't find the back of the net when he returned and was scratched again. All the while, fellow fourth-liners Marcus Sorensen (26.7 percent shooting percentage this season), Joel Ward (14.3 percent) and Barclay Goodrow (13.2 percent) were converting on their chances, forcing Peter DeBoer's hand. 

His possession play has been solid all season (50.74 percent corsi-for, per Natural Stat Trick), but the offense hasn't followed. When it does, as was the case Tuesday night, he can be an effective fourth-line forward, and the goal on Tuesday bought him more time to prove it. 

Pavelski the leader after day one of American Century Championship

Pavelski the leader after day one of American Century Championship

Sharks captain Joe Pavelski ended Friday alone atop the leaderboard at the American Century Championship in Lake Tahoe. 

The 34-year-old has plenty of golf pedigree. He's nearly a scratch golfer, and currently plays at a 0.6 handicap, per the Wisconsin State Golf Association. Pavelski also told Aces in 2010 that he competed in the Wisconsin state tournament in high school. 

Pavelski finished Friday a point clear of former NFL quarterback Trent Dilfer, and seven clear of Warriors guard Steph Curry, a great golfer in his own right. He also held a nine-point lead over the three-time reigning champion, former Oakland A's pitcher Mark Mulder. 

The celebrity golf tournament's scoring system is a bit differently than other tournaments. An eagle is worth six points, a birdie is worth three, a par is worth none, while a double-bogey (or worse) is worth minus-two. By standard golf scoring, Pavelski shot a 70 on Friday. 

He will tee off on Saturday at 9:55 a.m. 

Sharks re-sign defenseman Dylan DeMelo

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Sharks re-sign defenseman Dylan DeMelo

SAN JOSE — The San Jose Sharks have re-signed defenseman Dylan DeMelo to a two-year, $1.8 million deal.

The 25-year old had a career-best 20 points — all on assists — in a career-high 63 games. He also had an assist in 10 playoff games.

“Dylan proved last season that he’s ready to be a full time NHL player and really blossomed towards the end of the year and into the playoffs,” general manager Doug Wilson said in a release announcing the signing Saturday. “His skating ability and strong play in both ends make him a valuable part of our blue line.”

DeMelo, selected by San Jose in the sixth round of the 2011 NHL Draft, has totaled three goals and 29 assists in 133 games over parts of three seasons with the Sharks.