Is anyone else happy they have Joe Thornton in their hockey pool?
If you have Patrick Marleau are you even happier?
No one knew exactly what would happen after December 1st, the day Joe Thornton was traded away 3130.71 miles away from Boston into sunny Southern California. Most people believed the Sharks ‘won’ the trade. Acquiring a franchise player and a dominant offensive force.
In his 7 games since joining the Sharks Thornton has amassed 15 points and perhaps more importantly he has taken some pressure off, and given life to Patrick Marleau whose own game has improved and at least doubled in productivity. Marleau achieved the Offensive Player of the Week in the first week Thornton joined him, scoring 3 points in 3 consecutive games.
At this pace, Thornton has a strong chance of winning the scoring title this year. Marleau is en route to a possible Top 10 finish and the San Jose Sharks may still save a playoff spot after having a slow underachieving start.