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No. 28: San Jose Sharks

Last year's rank: 70
Title track: 60
Ownership: 15
Coaching: 42
Players: 35
Fan relations: 13
Affordability: 55
Stadium experience: 21
Bang for the buck: 39

San Jose's jump to 28th this season puts a whole new twist on Sharknado. While the Sharks might not be flying through the air and attacking 90210 alums, they are certainly flying 42 spots up the standings. With a mix of young goal scorers like Logan Couture and gritty veterans like Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau, it's not shocking that the team's roster scores as seventh most likable in the NHL. It's also hard to forget about the astounding play of workhorse netminder Antti Niemi, who led the league in minutes last season and posted a career-best save percentage and goals-against average. The Sharks locked up Couture for another five years this offseason, and with Thornton, Marleau, Joe Pavelski and Dan Boyle all entering their contract year, owner Hasso Plattner will have the opportunity to reconfigure one of the league's highest payrolls after this season. In other words, the Sharks are in win-now mode in 2013-14. They have proved that they are a playoff team year in and year out, making the playoffs 14 of the past 15 seasons, but they have been unable to capitalize on their regular-season success. The choker label may as well be sewn into their teal jerseys, considering the organization has not once gone to the Stanley Cup finals despite winning their division four of the past six years. Let the NHL be on notice: With the pieces all in place, this could be the year San Jose strikes. As Ian Ziering's character Fin warns: "You can't just wait here for sharks to rain down on us again!"