San Jose Sharks Career Goal Scoring Leaders
The San Jose Sharks have been an NHL franchise since 1992, and while they boast 12 playoff appearances in that relatively short time, the team has never advanced past the conference semi-finals. That, despite the fact that some years they have looked like the NHL’s best team (in 2008-09, they had the best regular season mark with 117 points). Naturally that means the Sharks have had some great offensive players, and here is a short list of the Sharks’ leading goal scorers to date:
Patrick Marleau (293)—Center Patrick Marleau has been with the Sharks his entire career, since 1997, and he tops the Sharks all-time with 293 goals scored. And despite not topping 38 goals in a season, Marleau has scored more than 20 goals eight times. He scored the 38 in 2008-09, but Marleau’s best season was probably 2005-06, when he scored 34 goals and added a career high in assists (52) for 86 total points (also career best).
Owen Nolan (206)—Right wing Owen Nolan played for San Jose from 1995 to 2003, and ranks second in franchise history with 206 goals. Nolan had his best season as a pro in a Sharks’ uniform, in 1999-2000, when he scored a career high 44 goals, with 40 assists for 84 total points (also career best). Nolan also led the NHL that season with 18 power play goals.
Jonathan Cheechoo (165)—Right wing Jonathan Cheechoo is a sharp-shooting forward who played in San Jose the first few years of his career, from 2002 to 2009, before being traded to Ottawa. Cheechoo ranks third in Sharks’ history with 165 goals, and he had his best season in 2005-06. That year, Cheechoo led the NHL in goals with 56 (career high) and also had career best numbers in assists (37) and total points (93). He also had an NHL-best 11 game winning goals that season.
Jeff Friesen (149)—Left wing Jeff Friesen played for the Sharks from 1994 to 2001, and ranks fourth in team history with 149 goals. Friesen’s best season was 1997-98, when he had career highs in goals (31) and total points (63), with 32 assists and an NHL-best 6 short-handed goals.
Marco Sturm (128)—Left wing Marco Sturm played in San Jose from 1997 to 2006, and ranks fifth in franchise history with 128 goals scored. Sturm had his best season in 2005-06 when he played for both the Sharks and Bruins, and had career highs in goals (29), assists (30) and total points (59).