The San Jose Sharks are a perennial playoff contender in the Western Conference and 2018-2019 should be no different. The Sharks return a talented roster led by captain Joe Pavelski and veteran Joe Thornton. Behind those veterans are a host of young and talented players including Tomas Hertl, Timo Meir, and Logan Couture. In the offseason, the team resigned power forward Evander Kane to a multiyear extension and traded for elite defenseman Erik Karlsson. Kane brings toughness and speed and will be a valuable penalty killer while Karlsson, arguably the NHL's best defenseman, will fit in well with the offensive-minded defensive corps. The Sharks have a great defensive unit that was bolstered even further with the addition of Karlsson. Karlsson should pair with either Marc-Edouard Vlasic or Brent Burns as the top defensive unit. Burns is offensive-minded, and he annually ranks among the top point-generating defenseman in the league. In goal, the Sharks will lean on veteran Martin Jones. Jones returns for his fourth season with the Sharks after being traded from Los Angeles. If the Sharks get good goaltending, there's no reason to believe this team is not a Stanley Cup contender.