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Offseason moves send Sharks to Cup Final

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SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) After watching the San Jose Sharks miss the playoffs for the first time in more than a decade, general manager Doug Wilson set out to remake the team last offseason.

Individually, none of the moves sent shockwaves through the NHL. The Sharks hired a coach who made the playoffs once in seven seasons as an NHL coach, traded a first-round pick for a goalie who had been a backup his entire career, added two playoff-tested veterans for depth at forward and defense and signed an unheralded Finnish rookie.

Together, the additions of Peter DeBoer, Martin Jones, Joel Ward, Paul Martin and Joonas Donskoi to a solid core that had underachieved proved to be the right mix to get the Sharks to their long-awaited first Stanley Cup Final appearance.

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Points
Rank Player Pts G A
1 P. Kane, Chi1064660
2 J. Benn, Dal894148
3 S. Crosby, Pit853649
4 J. Thornton, SJ821963
5 E. Karlsson, Ott821666
6 J. Pavelski, SJ783840
7 J. Gaudreau, Cgy783048
8 B. Wheeler, Wpg782652
9 A. Panarin, Chi773047
10 E. Kuznetsov, Was772057
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Goals Against Average
Rank Player GAA
1 B. Bishop, TB2.06
2 J. Gibson, Anh2.07
3 B. Elliott, StL2.07
4 C. Schneider, NJ2.15
5 B. Holtby, Was2.20
6 J. Quick, LA2.22
7 M. Jones, SJ2.27
8 M. Neuvirth, Phi2.27
9 M. Fleury, Pit2.29
10 J. Halak, NYI2.30
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