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Joe Thornton | Center | #19

Team: San Jose Sharks
Age / DOB:  (37) / 7/2/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 220
Drafted: 1997 / Rd. 1 (1) / BOS
Contract: view contract details

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Joe Thornton will turn 38 in July, but he's still going strong.
With five goals and 39 points in 60 games, Joe Thornton has seen his production decline this season, but he shouldn't have an issue securing a new contract as a UFA this summer, if not with the Sharks then with another club. It sounds like he'll be seeking one too. "For me, it’s all about my health," Thornton said. "If my health is there, if my desire’s there, if my love for the game is still there, I think I’ll play as long as I can. As soon as that wavers, I think I’ll know it’s time." Meanwhile he's just two assists from the 1,000th of his career. Feb 23 - 8:03 AM

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Joe Thornton saw his five game points streak come to an end Sunday.

Thornton is closing in on 1,000 career assists and is still just two shy after his former club, the Boston Bruins, shut him down. Thornton has only five goals and 39 points in 60 games as his age looks to be catching up to him. He is a fringe starter in most pools at best.
Feb 20 - 9:09 AM

Joe Thornton is on a four-game point streak.

Thornton recorded an assist in the Sharks' 6-5 overtime loss to Florida on Wednesday. He has five goals and 38 points in 58 contests in 2016-17.
Feb 16 - 5:15 AM

Thanks to the goal and assist he posted in Sunday's 4-1 win over the Devils, Joe Thornton raised his point streak to three games.

He has two goals and four points during the streak as well. The assist, by the way, gives him 996 for his career. He'll be the 12th player ever to reach 1,000 helpers when he does. For the season the future Hockey Hall of Famer has posted five goals and 37 points.
Feb 12 - 4:10 PM

With his 995th career assist during Saturday's 2-1 overtime loss to the Flyers, Joe Thornton is pulling in on elite company.

Eighty-four players have reached the 1,000-point mark (which includes Thornton), soon to be 85 when Sidney Crosby tallies two more points. But only 12 other players have had as many as 1,000 assists. Which is really saying something. He has 31 assists and 35 points in 56 games this season.
Feb 11 - 6:06 PM

Joe Thornton scored a goal in a 6-3 loss to the Boston Bruins on Thursday.

The goal was Thornton's 1,375th career point, moving him ahead of Mike Modano for 23rd all-time in NHL points. At 37-years-old, Thornton is still producing with 34 points in 55 games this season, and it will be interesting to see how many more years he has left in him. Justin Braun and Timo Meier also scored for the Sharks in the loss.
Feb 9 - 10:58 PM

Joe Thornton registered an assist in the Sharks' 4-1 win over Vancouver on Thursday.

Thornton has collected a point in three of his last four games. That brings him up to three goals and 33 points in 52 contests this season. He's just six assists shy of becoming the 11th player to ever record 1,000.
Feb 3 - 8:55 AM

It's true, Joe Thornton has been omitted from the NHL's greatest 100 players of all time list.

While Thornton has managed to be lost in the yearly awards, he does have the 2005-06 Hart and Art Ross trophies to his name and his Sharks fell 4-2 to the Penguins last season for the Cup. Which unfortunately makes his trophy case conspicuously bare. Thornton however, is about to become the 13th player ever to reach 1,000 career assists with just eight more. For comparison, Henrik Sedin just became the 85th player ever to reach 1,000 total points. Thornton, who currently ranks 24th all-time in points with 1,372, is also the holder of the highest point total since the 2004-05 lockout with 125 in the aforementioned Hart and Art Ross season. He had 96 helpers that season, and followed it up with 92 more and another 114 points the following campaign. Only Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Bobby Orr and Adam Oates have had more assists in a single season. And that's all before we get into his playoff success.
Jan 28 - 2:44 PM

Joe Thornton netted his third goal of the season on Monday and it was another empty netter.

All of Thornton's goals have been scored on an empty net so far this season. He's also in a four-way tie for the league lead in empty-net markers. The last time he scored against a goaltender was on April 7, 2016 in a contest versus Winnipeg. On a more positive note, Thornton does have 24 assists in 44 games this season.
Jan 17 - 5:03 AM

The good news for fantasy owners is that Joe Thornton helped some in the penalty minutes category with 15 in the San Jose Sharks' 4-0 loss to the St. Louis Blues on Saturday.

The bad news is that, however remote or legitimate the risk may be, owners must also keep an eye out for potential supplemental discipline. The NHL may want to make "an example" of Thornton, although spearing infractions often are dealt with merely by assessing the in-game penalty as adequate. We'll need to wait and see.
Jan 15 - 1:48 AM

Joe Thornton is reportedly looking for another three-year contract.

Thornton is in the final season of his fourth straight three-year contract. The difference is that Thornton will turn 38 on July 2, so another three-year deal will be a tough sell. He has two goals and 26 points in 40 contests this season. While he's always been known for setting up goals, his struggles to find the back of the net are noteworthy. Both of his goals in 2016-17 have been empty netters too.
Jan 10 - 5:05 AM

Joe Thornton has scored two goals in 34 games this season.

The veteran center has scored both markers into empty nets. On top of that, he has been credited with just 34 shots on target and owns a career-low 5.9 shooting percentage. That is not encouraging as we get close to the second half of the year. Thornton has racked up 21 assists to give him some fantasy value, but he will have to improve in other areas. Getting some more production on the power play, where he has nine points, would help tremendously.
Mon, Dec 26, 2016 05:35:00 PM

Joe Thornton trails only Patrick Marleau for most points all-time in a Sharks uniform.

The future Hall of Famer Thornton owns the assists record with 700 and ranks second in points at 910. Marleau, for what it's worth, has 490 goals and 1,049 points. Here's the rub, Thornton has played 576 fewer games than Marleau in teal. If Jumbo can stay effective, he has an outside chance of catching the all-time Shark.
Sat, Dec 24, 2016 09:25:00 PM

Joe Thornton made his 1,400th contest an even more memorable event.

Thornton registered two assists to help the Sharks win 4-1 Tuesday night. In his 1,400 games, he's scored 379 goals and 1,363 points.
Wed, Dec 21, 2016 11:25:00 AM

Joe Thornton is slated to play in his 1,400th game Tuesday night.

He will become just the 37th player to appear in 1,400 NHL contests. The 37-year-old forward has two goals and 18 assists in 32 games this year.
Tue, Dec 20, 2016 02:31:00 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Joe Thornton
2Logan Couture
3Chris Tierney
4Micheal Haley
LW1Patrick Marleau
2Kevin Labanc
3Mikkel Boedker
4Tomas Hertl
5Melker Karlsson
RW1Joe Pavelski
2Joel Ward
3Joonas Donskoi
4Marcus Sorensen
D1Brent Burns
2Marc-Edouard Vlasic
3Paul Martin
4Justin Braun
5Brenden Dillon
6Dylan DeMelo
7David Schlemko
8Tim Heed
G1Martin Jones
2Aaron Dell