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Alex Stalock

Posted: March 23, 2012 by Steven Ellis in San Jose Sharks

(Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

The Good:  Depending on goalie, this could be good or bad, but Stalock’s hands are held low on his hips, but in front of his body in a narrowed and tight fashion. His arms are also very tight to his body and his elbows does not flare out away from his sides. This further displays a positional style, but he also has solid reactions. He does a great job of displaying confidence and creating a strong net presence by setting up outside of his blue paint on faceoffs. Stalock has the ability to play without any visible signs of tensity or nervousness, which can he can use to his advantage when coming in relief of a starter or playing in big games. He is a very athletic butterfly goalie with good mechanics, he’s mobile and can make the spectacular save when needed. He likes a heavy workload, he’s intense and can carry a team when he gets on a roll. Scouts say that he can be a long term starting goaltender in the near future, whether it’s with the Sharks or not.  (more…)


San Jose Sharks Depth Chart

Posted: February 27, 2012 by Steven Ellis in Depth Charts, San Jose Sharks

  1.  Antti Niemi
  2. Thomas Greiss
  3. Antero Nittymaki
  4. Alex Stalock
  5. Tyson Sexsmith
  6. Harri Sateri
  7. Thomas Heemskerk
  8. J.P. Anderson

Thomas Greiss

Posted: January 24, 2012 by Steven Ellis in San Jose Sharks

From NHL Facebook Page

The Good: One of the top goaltending prospects to come out of Germany in recent years, Greiss was one of the top statistical goalies in the DEL during his time there. He plays a calm, focused game, and one of his strongest assets is his ability to read and anticipate plays. Because of this is he is usually one step ahead of shooters and is therefore able to rely on excellent positioning to make his saves. At 6’1 195 lbs, Greiss has good size and strength, particularly in his legs. Before joining the NHL, scouts said that Greiss would be a number one goalie in the NHL for sure. While he has shown plenty of promise and has shined in his little NHL experience, he hasn’t gotten a good opputunity to prove he can be a starter in this league. It must be said that just because Niemi is now part of the Sharks organization doesn’t mean they think Greiss is incapable of winning in the playoffs.  They developed Greiss in a similar fashion to that of Kiprusoff and there’s no reason why Greiss can’t be traded to a team that sets him up to be successful for many seasons to come. San Jose has enough confidence in him to start shopping former Finnish goaltending star Antero Nittymaki. (more…)

Antti Niemi

Posted: January 24, 2012 by Steven Ellis in San Jose Sharks

Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images North America

The Good: Niemi is an above average size goaltender at 6’2 and 200 pounds. He has a butterfly style that many scouts have called unorthodox. His strength is his athleticism, exceptionally quick footwork and great low net coverage. Antti’s secure 5 hole will be a welcome change for Sharks fans. He appears unflappable in the crease area, even when he surrenders bad goals. Is a big-framed ‘keeper who is focused and can cover a lot of net. Also boasts explosive reflexes. Has a wealth of experience at lower levels. The Sharks goalie coach, Wayne Thomas, has produced goalies such as Miika Kiprusoff, Vesa Toskala and Evgeni Nabokov, so Niemi’s best years are likely ahead of him. He has shown strong growth in recent years and won a Stanley Cup in only his first season in the NHL. (more…)