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Joe Thornton is the elder statesman of the San Jose Sharks. © R. Allan Schnoor/Spot-On: Sports

Joe Thornton tied Jari Kurri for 20th on the NHL’s all-time points leaders list.  Last week against the Boston Bruins, Thornton tallied his second goal of the season and now has 1398 points in his 19-year NHL career. At 38, Thornton is still going strong as the San Jose Sharks elder statesman.  Thornton only has two players on the roster close to his age, Joel Ward and Paul Martin at 36.

Getting ousted in the quarterfinals by the Edmonton Oilers last year, one year removed from reaching the Stanley Cup Finals against the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Sharks’ organization is looking for improvement and stability.

Coach Peter DeBoer, having replaced long-time coach Todd McLellan, made the Stanley Cup Finals in his first year at the helm in 2016.

Currently, the Sharks are 8-5 in third place behind the LA Kings and the surprising Las Vegas Knights in the Pacific Division of the Western Conference.