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Joe Thornton | Center | #19

Team: San Jose Sharks
Age / DOB:  (38) / 7/2/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 220
Drafted: 1997 / Rd. 1 (1) / BOS
Contract: view contract details

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Joe Thornton (knee) isn't close to being able to returning.
Thornton resumed skating on Tuesday, but he cautioned against being too excited about that. "I’ve still got to get some strength back. It’s still early on. There’s a lot of things I’ve still got to improve on," he said. It remains to be seen if Thornton might be able to help the Sharks at some point during their playoff run. Mar 23 - 3:21 PM

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Joe Thornton skated for the first time Tuesday since undergoing knee surgery in January.

Thornton skated for 20 minutes after practice with his son as he tries to get ready to return for the playoffs. Don't count Thornton out as he played last season in the playoffs after tearing two ligaments in his knee. Thornton had 36 points in 47 games before the injury as he was having a nice season for fantasy owners.
Mar 21 - 10:06 AM

Joe Thornton (knee surgery) still has not begun skating.

Thornton suffered a right MCL injury on January 20 that required surgery. The veteran center's return to the lineup before the end of the regular season is up in the air as he has not been on the ice thus far. He has 13 goals and 36 points in 47 games this season.
Mar 12 - 9:16 AM

GM Doug Wilson thinks that Joe Thornton (knee surgery) will return before the end of the regular season.

That would be a bonus for the Sharks as Thornton was having a nice campaign with 13 goals and 36 points in 47 games before suffering the right MCL injury on January 20. Stay tuned as a return to action would be a better boost to the Sharks than a deal at the trade deadline Monday.
Feb 25 - 9:21 AM

Joe Thornton could miss the remainder of the regular season after undergoing right knee surgery.

There is no timetable for his return and that has to be a big blow for the playoff chances of the Sharks as Thornton was having a nice bounce back season with 13 goals and 36 points in 47 games after a 50 point campaign last season. Stay tuned.
Jan 28 - 7:28 AM

Joe Thornton (knee) underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee.

Thornton hurt his MCL on Tuesday night. There is still no timetable for his return, but this seems to be a more than a day-to-day type of injury. The 38-year-old has 13 goals and 36 points in 47 games this season.
Jan 25 - 11:10 PM

The San Jose Sharks have placed Joe Thornton (knee) on injured reserve.

Thornton suffered a right MCL injury on Tuesday night. There is no exact time table for Thornton's return. He's considered week-to-week at this point. The 38-year-old has 13 goals and 36 points in 47 games this season.
Jan 24 - 9:33 PM

Joe Thornton suffered an injury to his MCL in his right knee on Tuesday.

The Sharks are waiting for the MRI results, but GM Doug Wilson expects Thornton to be sidelined for "several weeks," even in a best case scenario. It's a terrible blow for Thornton, especially after he underwent surgery over the summer for a torn ACL and MCL in his left knee. The 38-year-old has 13 goals and 36 points in 47 games this season.
Jan 24 - 2:30 PM

Joe Thornton appeared to suffer a right knee injury at the end of Tuesday's game.

Thornton skated gingerly to the bench after a collision with teammate Mikkel Boedker. Thornton didn't return to the contest, but there wasn't much time left so it's hard to read too much into that. Hopefully Thornton's injury isn't significant, especially given how good he's been lately. With an assist on Tuesday, Thornton has recorded at least a point in six of his last seven contests. It's also worth noting that the operation he had for a torn ACL and MCL over the summer was on his left knee, so at least it's not the same knee that appears to be hurt.
Jan 24 - 11:08 AM

Joe Thornton found the back of the net and registered an assist in a 6-2 victory Sunday night.

Thornton has never been known as a goal scorer, but he's now netted five markers in his last six games. That gives him 13 goals and 35 points in 46 contests this season. It's been a really strong showing for him given that he's 38-years-olds and is coming off major knee surgery.
Jan 22 - 9:34 AM

There were many hockey experts who were ready to write off Joe Thornton.

Coming off major knee surgery at the age of 38, not much was expected from Jumbo Joe. In fact, he was an after-thought in most hockey pool drafts this past September/October. However, in his last 25 games Thornton has registered 23 points and he sits second in Sharks' scoring with 33 points. Pretty amazing for a guy his age and coming off a surgery that might have forced most players to retire.
Jan 20 - 2:03 PM

Joe Thornton struck for a power-play goal on his only shot of Tuesday's game in Arizona and he finished with a plus-1 rating.

Thornton has managed goals in consecutive games for the first time this season. It's his first time with goals in two or more games since he erupted for three goals in a three-game span from Feb. 4-9, 2016. Thornton is currently on pace for 20 goals, which would be his highest total since he lit the lamp 21 times during the 2010-11 season.
Jan 16 - 11:54 PM

Joe Thornton scored a goal in the Sharks' 4-1 win against Los Angeles on Monday.

Thornton's up to 10 goals and 31 points in 42 games this season. The goal was also the 394th of his career, which puts him in a tie with Tomas Sandstrom for 101st place on the all-time list. Thornton has never been known for scoring goals, but 94 players have ever reached the 400-goal milestone. Although that number will likely grow to 95 players before Thornton reaches the milestone as Sidney Crosby is sitting at 399 goals.
Jan 16 - 8:59 AM

Joe Thornton passed Adam Oates Saturday and moved into 17th place all-time in points with 1,421.

Thornton is only four points in arrears of Bryan Trottier for 16th as he is moving his way up the list. He started the season in 23rd overall but his 30 points this season has allowed him to jump up on the list. He is a no doubt Hall-of-Famer once he retires.
Jan 15 - 8:29 AM

Joe Thornton had a goal and three points to snap his three game pointless streak.

Thornton is up to nine goals after scoring only seven all of last season. He also has 30 points and while not the player he was even a couple of seasons ago, he has been a contributor in fantasy hockey this season with 30 points in 41 contests.
Jan 14 - 9:43 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Logan Couture
2Joe Thornton
3Tomas Hertl
4Chris Tierney
LW1Evander Kane
2Kevin Labanc
3Timo Meier
4Mikkel Boedker
5Brandon Mashinter
6Jannik Hansen
7Eric Fehr
8Melker Karlsson
9Rudolfs Balcers
10Joachim Blichfeld
RW1Joe Pavelski
2Joel Ward
3Joonas Donskoi
4Barclay Goodrow
5Marcus Sorensen
D1Brent Burns
2Marc-Edouard Vlasic
3Justin Braun
4Brenden Dillon
5Tim Heed
6Dylan DeMelo
7Paul Martin
8Joakim Ryan
G1Martin Jones
2Aaron Dell