4 Big Questions for the San Jose Sharks in 2020-21

Brent Burns #88 and Erik Karlsson #65 of the San Jose Sharks. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Brent Burns #88 and Erik Karlsson #65 of the San Jose Sharks. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /
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Martin Jones (31)
Martin Jones #31 of the San Jose Sharks. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) /

3. Will the goaltending be better or worse in 2020-21?

Goaltending has been a major problem for the San Jose Sharks for a couple of years, and bad play between the pipes has acted like Kryptonite to this team and their hopes of winning a Stanley Cup.

Since emerging as a hero during that run to the Stanley Cup Final in 2015-16, Martin Jones has regressed dramatically and he appears to be broken after going 17-21-2 in 2019-20 with a 3.00 Goals Against Average and a .896 Save Percentage.

That’s not what you want.

So, what did the Sharks do to try and remedy a major problem? They went out and acquired another broken goalie.

Deven Dubnyk (40)
Goaltender Devan Dubnyk #40 of the Minnesota Wild. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /

Yes, you heard that right. San Jose sent a 2020 Fifth-Round pick to the Minnesota Wild for Devan Dubnyk during the offseason, who also suffered a disappointing season last year with a 3.35 GAA and a .890 SV%.

What are the San Jose Sharks doing?!

It is a good question and we will see if Dubnyk can resurrect his career in California and get back to being a solid NHL starter, while it will be interesting to see if the veteran’s presence lights a real fire under Martin.

One thing is for sure and that’s the fact that if the San Jose Sharks are to somehow bounce back and secure a return to the postseason, then they are going to need much better goaltending in 2020-21 and it will fall on to the shoulders of Martin Jones and Devan Dubnyk to deliver exactly that, or else it could be another long and disappointing year.