The San Jose Sharks on Wednesday introduced back ahead Patrick Marleau , a former group captain and one of many franchise’s all-time greatest gamers.
Marleau, 40, rejoins the franchise for which he performed almost 20 years after spending the final two seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs. He was traded to the Carolina Hurricanes in June and subsequently purchased out of the ultimate yr of his contract ; the transfer allowed Sharks common supervisor Doug Wilson to ultimately bring Marleau back on a one-year contract reportedly price $700,000.
Before No. 12 returns to the ice for the Sharks’ Oct. 10 sport in opposition to the Chicago Blackhawks, let’s check out seven numbers that outline Marleau’s spectacular career:
Two: Second total choose in 1997 NHL Draft
The Sharks chosen Marleau after he spent two seasons with the WHL’s Seattle Thunderbirds. He wanted no additional seasoning in junior hockey — Marleau scored 32 factors in his rookie season and completed sixth in Calder Trophy voting for rookie of the yr.
Which participant was chosen simply forward of Marleau? Joe Thornton, who joined Marleau in San Jose halfway by way of the 2005-06 season after almost eight years in Boston. To today, Thornton and Marleau rank first and second in whole factors and assists by all gamers chosen in that draft.
Three: Third-oldest energetic NHL participant
Bruins captain Zdeno Chara, 42, grew to become the oldest energetic NHL participant in July after Matt Cullen introduced his retirement . Marleau is sort of two years youthful than Chara, however he’s the league’s third-oldest energetic participant. His Sharks teammate Thornton, who was born July 2, 1979 (75 days earlier than Marleau), is the league’s second-oldest energetic participant.
Four: Players with extra NHL video games performed than Marleau
Marleau’s 1,657 career video games rank fifth all time . He can take fourth place from Ron Francis by taking part in in 75 video games this season — which remains to be potential as a result of the Sharks have solely performed 4 video games so far. If he performs in 77 of the group’s remaining contests, Marleau will go Jaromir Jagr for third-most.
Gordie Howe’s whole of 1,767 video games performed stays essentially the most in league historical past. Marleau might want to play 110 extra to match Howe.
Five: Seasons as Sharks’ captain
According to Hockey Reference, Marleau was one in every of 4 captains for the Sharks in the 2003-04 season. When the league returned from the 2004-05 lockout, the star ahead emerged because the group’s sole captain till Rob Blake took over for the 2009-10 season . The Sharks made the playoffs in all 5 seasons Marleau served as captain.
Five: Sharks franchise information (regular-season and playoffs)
No. 12 holds the San Jose franchise report for video games performed, factors, objectives, power-play objectives and game-winning objectives in each the common season and the playoffs.
Despite holding these information, Marleau solely led the Sharks in regular-season scoring thrice (2000-01, 2003-04, 2010-11) and 4 instances in the postseason. Here are his franchise information:
Regular season: Games performed (1,493), factors (1,082), objectives (508), power-play objectives (160), game-winning objectives (98).
Playoffs: Games (177), factors (120), objectives (68), power-play objectives (23), game-winning objectives (16).
Marleau’s 1,493 video games performed with San Jose account for about 67.four % of the franchise’s existence by way of the 2018-19 season.
15: Seasons with 20 or extra objectives
The Aneroid, Sask., native has scored fewer than 20 objectives in simply six of his 21 seasons. According to Hockey Reference , simply 20 gamers in NHL historical past have scored 20-plus objectives in 16 or extra seasons. If Marleau can rating at the very least 20 with the Sharks this yr, he’ll be a part of John Bucyk, Phil Esposito, Mike Modano, Mark Recchi, Luc Robitaille and Norm Ullman with 16 seasons.
106: Game-winning objectives
Marleau ranks eighth all time in the class, cementing his place as probably the most “clutch” scorers in league historical past. Washington Capitals famous person Alex Ovechkin sits only one place forward of him with another game-winning tally.
Jaromir Jagr holds the report with 135 game-winning objectives.
788: Consecutive video games performed
Marleau’s streak dates to April 9, 2009 . Even although he missed the primary 4 video games of this season, Marleau’s streak will stay intact as a result of he was not signed to an NHL contract.
That streak is one in every of three notable “iron man” streaks nonetheless in play this fall, however by some means, Marleau’s shouldn’t be the longest energetic one: Florida Panthers defenseman Keith Yandle, who has performed in 800 straight, owns that honor. Arizona Coyotes ahead Phil Kessel, in the meantime, has performed in 776 consecutive video games.