San Jose Sharks welcome home former captain, franchise star Patrick Marleau

Ross Houston
October 11, 2019

Patrick Marleau is returning to San Jose.

On a day in which Marleau's return to the Sharks on a one-year contract was the primary news item, the Sharks lost once again, 5-2 to the Predators at Bridgestone Arena.

The forward last played for the Toronto Maple Leafs, finishing last season with 37 points in 82 games - the 10th straight season in which he didn't miss a game.

The Sharks icon, who has been skating on his own, will join the team in Chicago to cap its three-game road trip on Thursday.

Over his 19-year tenure with the Sharks, Marleau played in three All-Star games and became the franchise's all-time leader in goals (508), points (1,082) and games played (1,493). Toronto traded Marleau to the Carolina Hurricanes in June, who promptly bought out the final year of his contract. The Sharks have yet to play with a lead this season.

"We stay very committed to what we've started the year with, which is integrating all the young players into the organization".

In the 2018 NHL Draft, he was ranked 81st among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting, and ranked second on the Saguenéens in goals, assists and points, and finished sixth in the league in points among rookie skaters during the 2017-18 season. He helped the team reach the conference final four times in his career and the Stanley Cup Final in 2016, but never won it all.

The San Jose Sharks have had a deal with a number of roster complications at the start of the regular season.

"He's still got a lot of game in him", train Toronto teammateAuston Matthewssaid last month.

A fixture in San Jose's top six forwards and on the No. 1 power play unit during his first stint there, Marleau figures to be more of a role player.

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