Marc-Edouard Vlasic has been special throughout entire Sharks career


Marc-Edouard Vlasic has been special throughout entire Sharks career

Outside of Joe Thornton, no current Sharks player continuously has been with the franchise longer than Marc-Edouard Vlasic. 

The 32-year-old defenseman has spent his entire career in San Jose, and now is one of the team's elder statesmen. When he arrived on the NHL scene, however, he was on the complete opposite end of that spectrum.

After being drafted by the Sharks in the second round of the 2006 NHL Draft, Vlasic made the jump straight from the QMJHL in Canadian major junior hockey to the big club, and was thrown right into the fire as a 19-year-old. 

He was the youngest player on the team, and the Sharks' eldest player at the time -- Bill Guerin, 36 -- nearly was twice his age. But according to fellow defenseman Scott Hannan -- who was paired with the teenager on San Jose's blue line -- Vlasic's youth wasn't a detriment to himself, nor his team.

"Being Vlasic's first [defensive] partner in the NHL, I was able to get a first-hand look at the type of player he was and the type of player he was going to be," Hannan told NBC Sports California. "And you could see right from the start that he was a solid, well-rounded player. You only really had to tell him things once and he got it right away. We were paired against other team's top lines a lot during that year, and he held his own and even excelled in those situations."

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Hannan departed the Sharks the following offseason and spent most of the next six seasons elsewhere before returning to San Jose during the 2012-13 season. While not necessarily paired together upon Hannan's return, Vlasic and Hannan would go on to spend two more full seasons as teammates before Hannan retired following the 2014-15 campaign.

Vlasic was just entering his prime at the time, and Hannan has kept a close eye while watching Vlasic fulfill his vast potential.

"Defensive defensemen don't often get the accolades," Hannan explained. "With him playing on Team Canada, the Olympics, winning gold medals ... over the whole stretch of his career being able to maintain that high level of consistency, it just shows you to his abilities and what kind of player he is and how special he is to the San Jose Sharks."

Given that Vlasic has a full no-movement clause in his contract through the 2022-23 season and a modified no-trade clause for the three seasons after that, he can be special to the Sharks for quite a bit longer.

Ever wonder where Sharks' giant head came from? It involves Disney

Ever wonder where Sharks' giant head came from? It involves Disney

Editor's note: Every Tuesday and Thursday during this sports hiatus, we'll answer questions that Bay Area sports fans long have debated in "Ever Wonder?" Second up in the series: Where did San Jose's giant shark head come from?

The Sharks have one of the most memorable entrances in all of sports. Skating through the giant shark head at SAP Center is right up there with "Enter Sandman" at Lane Stadium for Virginia Tech football and the run down the hill at Clemson.

But did you ever find yourself wondering where that huge shark head came from?

NBC Sports Bay Area has you covered on that front as Brodie Brazil explains where that massive shark head came from in the second episode of the "Ever Wonder" series.

During their first few years, the Sharks were looking for a way to give their team an epic entrance. They eventually found it, and, of course, Disney was involved.

To find out the whole story, check out the video above.

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Sharks' Stefan Noesen dealing with extra uncertainty in coronavirus pandemic


Sharks' Stefan Noesen dealing with extra uncertainty in coronavirus pandemic

Sharks forward Stefan Noesen is isolating with immediate family in his home state of Texas during the coronavirus pandemic.

And he’s slightly bored.

“You can only do so many lunges at your house, so many laps around the neighborhood,” Noesen said with a laugh in a 1-on-1 interview with NBC Sports California on Tuesday.

The NHL’s suspended season is par for the uphill course of Noesen's current campaign.

It began with a professional tryout in the Dallas Stars organization, which didn’t pan out. He then played 22 AHL games with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, which led to signing a two-way contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins on December 2nd. They waived him shortly before Christmas.

“This year has been a s---t-show, legit,” Noesen said. “Up until being with the Sharks.”

That turning point definitely happened in San Jose. Even during the Sharks' down season, Noesen came in and earned a role, plus the respect to go along with it.

“First thing I did when I got (to San Jose), was meet with [general manager Doug Wilson],” Noesen said. “He told me what he expected of me, which was honestly nothing but to go out and play my game.”

That game resonated, with Noesen scoring six goals in 34 games. And now, there's a lot of fans who would like to see him re-signed for next season.

“I’ve always believed it’s not that hard to be a good guy,” Noesen said. “All you have to got is be yourself, treat others with respect, and find a way to get along with everybody.”

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There's a lot of uncertainty for Noesen’s career at this point, like when and where he will play hockey next. But these life-changing times have also even made him ponder what comes after the game.

“The world has kind of taken things for granted up until now,” Noesen said. “And I think everyone is kind of taking a step back and realizing the little things are actually important.

“The minute that we’re able to go back to whatever life is after this, I think it will be interesting.“