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Joe Thornton | Center

Team: San Jose Sharks
Age / DOB:  (36) / 7/2/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 220
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Joe Thornton might decline further this season from an offensive perspective.
Thornton reached the 70-point mark for 10 straight seasons with the exception of the 2013 lockout shortened campaign. That streak ended in 2014-15 though when he recorded 16 goals and 49 assists in 78 contests. So far this season he's on pace to do worse than that as he has 14 points in 21 games. It's too early to pass judgment on Thornton's season, but at the age of 36, it's not unreasonable to think that Thornton's best seasons are behind him. Nov 24 - 6:38 AM

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Joe Thornton picked up another pair of helpers in Thursday's 5-2 win over the Panthers.

Thornton now has eight helpers and 10 points in 13 games this season. He also now has 907 assists for his career. Meaning without much issue he'll become the 13th player in history to reach 1,000 assists before his current contract ends. Simply amazing.
Nov 6 - 2:40 AM

Joe Thornton recorded an assist in San Jose's 5-2 defeat at the hands of Columbus.

Thornton has recorded a point in every other game for six straight contests. He's off to a slow start by his standards with two goals and six assists in 12 games.
Nov 4 - 10:33 AM

Joe Thornton (head) practiced on Friday and seems to be set for Saturday's game.

Thornton banged his head on the ice Thursday in the first period after receiving a check from Jake Muzzin but returned in the second period. Thornton has two goals and five points in seven games this season. He is an assists machine but it's been four seasons since he last hit the 20 goal mark so curtail your expectations in that he could hit that mark again.
Oct 24 - 9:45 AM

The San Jose Sharks have a new lease agreement with the SAP Center that could keep the keep at the arena until 2040.

The agreement will be for at least 10 years with the possibility of lasting until 2040 through a series of one year extensions. "I'm thrilled to be able to say that the San Jose Sharks will be staying right here in their home of San Jose," San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo said. The Sharks and the city of San Jose will split the costs of upgrades.
May 9 - 8:39 AM

Although the Sharks missed the playoffs, it looks like GM Doug Wilson is not in any immediate danger of being fired.

Sharks owner Hasso Plattner said in a letter to fans that "the management, (chief operating officer) John (Tortora) and Doug (Wilson), did a good job." Beyond that there's a report stating a "highly placed league source outside the Sharks' organization" has confirmed that Wilson isn't going anywhere. This is after the team and Sharks coach Todd McLellan mutually agreed to part ways.
Apr 24 - 11:30 AM

Joe Thornton scored the Sharks only goal during Monday's 5-1 loss to the Dallas Stars.

The Sharks were officially eliminated from playoff contention with the loss and it was an ugly performance from start to finish in this one. Thornton was able to score his 16th goal of the season on the power player after putting one five-hole on Jhonas Enroth, bring his point total to 64 in 78 games played this season. Chris Tierney earned the only assist on the goal.
Apr 7 - 1:32 AM

Joe Thornton reached the 900 career assists milestone on Thursday.

Thornton had two assists in San Jose's 4-1 victory over Toronto. Not counting the lockout shortened campaign, Thornton hasn't finished with less than 70 points in a single season since he recorded 68 points in 66 games in 2001-2002. He's got a decent chance to keep that streak alive in 2014-15 as he's currently sitting at 62 points in 67 games.
Mar 20 - 11:19 AM

Joe Thornton had two assists in a 5-2 loss to the Winnipeg Jets.

Thornton has performed nicely despite the recent spat with Sharks GM Doug Wilson over why he lost the captaincy. Thornton has 14 goals and 60 points in 66 contests in 2014-15.
Mar 18 - 9:51 AM

Sharks GM Doug Wilson insists that everything is fine between him and Joe Thornton.

Wilson suggested recently that the pressure of being captain got to Thornton and that's why the 'C' was ultimately taken from him. Thornton clearly didn't appreciate those comments and said, "Doug should shut his mouth." Wilson said Thornton called shortly after that and the two had a good talk. "He and I are at a great place, we're focused on the game tonight, which is a big game for us," Wilson said. San Jose will be playing against Winnipeg.
Mar 17 - 2:32 PM

Joe Thornton scored one of San Jose's two goals in a 6-2 drubbing at the hands of the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday.

Thornton's 14 goals is his most since 2011-2, when he generated 18. He also has 58 points this season, a nice haul for those who likely drafted him low in leagues.
Mar 14 - 7:05 PM

Joe Thornton didn't appreciate Sharks GM Doug Wilson's answer as to why he lost the 'C.'

Wilson suggested that stress of being captain got to Thornton and led to him lashing out. To which Thornton replied, "Doug should shut his mouth." The exchange continued when Wilson told CSNCalifornia that Thornton should talk to him if there's a problem, but as far as he's concerned "there’s zero issue here." This is terrible timing for internal tensions to spill over given that they're in the final weeks of a tight battle for a playoff spot.
Mar 13 - 4:36 PM

San Jose Sharks GM Doug Wilson felt the pressure of being captain was getting to Joe Thornton.

Thornton lost the captaincy in August. "He cares about the game so much. The reason we took the 'C' off him ... Joe carries the weight of the team on his shoulders, and he's got such a big heart that when stress comes on him, he lashes out at people," Wilson said, "and it kind of impacts them. The pressure and stress, I felt, was getting to Joe. And I sat him down and said we need other players to step up and share this. He got it. He didn't like it, but he got it and he understood it." It hasn't impacted him in terms of offensive production. Thornton has 13 goals and 57 points in 64 contests in 2014-15, which if anything is slightly down from where we would expect him to be.
Mar 13 - 11:36 AM

Joe Thornton tallied a goal and an assist in the Sharks’ 3-2 loss to the Canucks on Saturday night.

Even at 35, Thornton remains one of the best centers in the NHL. He has points in four of his past five games. His 44 assists are fifth in the league, and he has 13 goals, too. Melker Karlsson got the other goal. Brent Burns had an assist and a team-high seven shots on net.
Mar 8 - 1:07 AM

Joe Thornton had two assists in a 6-2 victory over Vancouver.

Thornton has recorded at least a point in three of his last four contests. He has 12 goals and 55 points in 61 games in 2014-15. He's just five assists shy of the 900th of his career and his next point will be his 1,250th.
Mar 4 - 9:33 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Joe Thornton
2Logan Couture
3Joe Pavelski
4Chris Tierney
LW1Melker Karlsson
2Patrick Marleau
3Tomas Hertl
4Dainius Zubrus
5Mike Brown
6Raffi Torres
RW1Tommy Wingels
2Joel Ward
3Matthew Nieto
4Joonas Donskoi
5Ben Smith
6Micheal Haley
D1Brent Burns
2Marc-Edouard Vlasic
3Paul Martin
4Justin Braun
5Brenden Dillon
6Matt Tennyson
7Mirco Mueller
G1Martin Jones
2Alex Stalock