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Offense: The Sharks are fast, strong, deep and talented, especially on the attack, and are decent on the power play. They've lost veterans Vincent Damphousse (retirement), Curtis Brown, Mike Rathje and others to free agency, but have young talent in the wings.
Defense: It's somewhat unknown, but it's remarkably sound and strong as Scott Hannan, Kyle McLaren and Brad Stuart move the puck smartly.
Goaltending: Solid No. 1 in Evgeni Nabokov, who does all things well and has improved his consistency. Rising star is No. 2 man Vesa Toskala.p>
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|Comings & Goings|
D Mike Rathje; RW Miroslav Zalesak.
|When we last saw them|
Marleau led the team with 28 goals and 29 assists in 80 games in 2003-04.
Nabokov was a rock for the Sharks, posting a 31-19-8 record and a third-best nine shutouts.
“Preparation, attention to detail and work ethic. I won't compromise on those.”
— Ron Wilson on what he expects from players