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19 Joe Thornton C
Height/Weight: 6-4/225 | Birthdate: 7/2/1979 | Birthplace: London, Ontario, Canada | Team: San Jose Sharks | College: None | NHL Experience: 16 | Salary: $7,000,000 | Owned/Started%: 97/66 | Average Draft Position: 86.26
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2/14/2015

Joe Thornton, C, SJ Sharks' Thornton An Ace Setup Man In Win

Joe Thornton

Sharks' Thornton An Ace Setup Man In Win

News: Joe Thornton set up all three of Joe Pavelski's goals in Friday's 4-2 win over the Coyotes.
Analysis: It's the second assist trick of the month for Joe Thornton, who previously achieved the feat in a shootout loss to the Oilers on Feb. 2. Since returning from a shoulder injury Jan. 10, Thornton hasn't struggled to get back on track. He's accumulated three goals and 14 assists over his last 15 games.

2/12/2015

Joe Thornton, C, SJ

Joe Thornton

Sharks' Thornton Delivers Two Points In OT Loss

News: Joe Thornton contributed a goal and assist in Wednesday's 5-4 overtime loss to the Capitals.
Analysis: After helping out on the Sharks' first goal of the night, Joe Thornton found the net himself for the tying tally with five and a half minutes remaining in the third period. With his 12th goal of the season, Thornton surpassed his total in that category from all of 2013-14, requiring 30 fewer games to achieve the mark. The goal also aided Thornton's ongoing climb up the NHL's all-time scoring list, as he now sits in 36th place with 1,240 career points.

2/3/2015

Joe Thornton, C, SJ Trio Of Assists For Sharks' Thornton

Joe Thornton

Trio Of Assists For Sharks' Thornton

News: Joe Thornton dished out three assists in Monday's 5-4 shootout loss to the Oilers.
Analysis: Jumbo Joe has been red hot lately, racking up 10 points in he last six games, bringing his total to an impressive 44 in 47 games this year. The veteran still hardly puts the puck on net (85 shots on the year), but owners can't complain, as his 33 assists are sixth in the NHL.

2/1/2015

Joe Thornton, C, SJ Sharks' Thornton Stays Hot With Two More Points

Joe Thornton

Sharks' Thornton Stays Hot With Two More Points

News: Joe Thornton assisted on Melker Karlsson's game-winning goal and potted an empty-net goal in Saturday's 2-0 win over the Blackhawks.
Analysis: The 35-year-old now has back-to-back two-point outings and has pointed in five straight games. A bothersome shoulder injury forced the ironman to sit out four games in January, but he hit his stride as the month came to a close. The goal was his 11th of the season, matching his total from the 2013-14 campaign in 36 fewer games.

1/30/2015

Joe Thornton, C, SJ Sharks' Thornton On Four-Game Streak

Joe Thornton

Sharks' Thornton On Four-Game Streak

News: Joe Thornton rattled off two more helpers (one on the power play) in Thursday's win over the Ducks, pushing his point streak to four games.
Analysis: Thorny may be turning 36 this year, but he still isn't showing his age. His assist rate is down a tick from last year, but he's still on pace to clear 60 points easily and approach 70.

1/23/2015

Joe Thornton, C, SJ

Joe Thornton

Sharks' Thornton On Three-Game Point Streak

News: Joe Thornton had an assist and a pair of shots in Wednesday's win over the Kings.
Analysis: That puts Joe Thornton on a three-game point streak entering the All-Star break. He's a ways from his torrid 65-assist pace from last season, but in just 44 games, he's one goal shy of last season's total of 11. You're getting more goals than you expected from Thornton, but not hitting the total points high you got from him last year.

1/20/2015

Joe Thornton, C, SJ

Joe Thornton

Sharks' Thornton Adds Assist Monday

News: Joe Thornton picked up an assist in Monday's loss to the Devils.
Analysis: Since returning from a shoulder injury Jan. 10, Joe Thornton has tallied a goal, two assists and a minus-5 rating over five games. That level of production isn't on par with what he was delivering prior to suffering the injury, but he's still a productive enough center to warrant lineup inclusion in just about any format.

1/11/2015

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Joe Thornton

Sharks' Thornton Goes Minus-3 In Return

News: Joe Thornton (shoulder) went minus-3 and attempted one shot across 17:40 of ice time in Saturday's loss to the Rangers.
Analysis: A fixture in the press box the last four games due to the shoulder injury, Joe Thornton didn't exactly lift the Sharks' attack upon returning Saturday. It may take him a couple games to settle in, but the team would obviously rather have a player of Thornton's caliber in their lineup -- even if he remains a bit rusty.

1/10/2015

Joe Thornton, C, SJ

Joe Thornton

Sharks' Thornton (Shoulder) Confirmed To Play

News: Joe Thornton (shoulder) confirmed he will be activated from injured reserve and will play Saturday against the Rangers, Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area reports.
Analysis: The veteran's left shoulder presented no issues during his morning skate session with his teammates, allowing him to draw back in after missing the previous four games. He'll skate alongside Patrick Marleau and Matthew Nieto on Saturday, but once rookie Melker Karlsson begins to slow down, look for Joe Thornton to rejoin Joe Pavelski on the top line.

1/10/2015

Joe Thornton, C, SJ

Joe Thornton

Sharks' Thornton (Shoulder) Could Play Saturday

News: Joe Thornton (shoulder) was on the ice for morning skate and could be a lineup option for Saturday's game against the Rangers, Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area reports.
Analysis: Joe Thornton centered a line with Patrick Marleau and Matt Nieto during morning skate, an indication he's ready to return after a four-game absence. Since he's still listed on the Sharks' injured reserve list, his availability remains a question mark for now, but fantasy owners will surely want to keep tabs on his status throughout the day.

1/8/2015

Joe Thornton, C, SJ

Joe Thornton

Sharks' Thornton (Shoulder) Sitting Out Thursday

News: Joe Thornton (shoulder) will not be available for Thursday's game against the Blues, David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News reports.
Analysis: Though he'll sit out a fourth straight game, Joe Thornton has resumed skating and was optimistic about his chances of playing Saturday, when the Sharks will host the Rangers. The 35-year-old didn't experience much healing in his first few days after injuring the shoulder in a Dec. 31 collision with the Ducks' Clayton Stoner, but does feel that he's experienced progress more recently. With a positive practice session Friday, Thornton could receive the green light to resume playing.

1/6/2015

Joe Thornton, C, SJ

Joe Thornton

Sharks' Thornton Skates Tuesday

News: Joe Thornton (shoulder) skated Tuesday morning, David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News reports.
Analysis: Joe Thornton had been off the ice since last Friday while tending to the shoulder injury, but because Tuesday's session wasn't a full practice, it's difficult to discern whether or not he'll be ready to go for Thursday's game against the Flyers. The Sharks should have a better idea of his condition by Wednesday or Thursday morning.

1/4/2015

Joe Thornton, C, SJ

Joe Thornton

Sharks Place Thornton (Shoulder) On IR

News: Joe Thornton (shoulder) was placed on injured reserve Sunday, Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area reports.
Analysis: Joe Thornton was already listed as doubtful for Monday's game, but he will need to miss both Monday and Tuesday as a result of the move. The team will likely add someone from the AHL to fill his roster spot while he sits. He will next be eligible to return Thursday against the Flyers.

1/4/2015

Joe Thornton, C, SJ

Joe Thornton

Sharks' Thornton (Shoulder) Doubtful For Monday

News: Joe Thornton (shoulder) is doubtful for Monday's game against the Jets, but is expected to play at some point during the Sharks' road trip, Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area reports.
Analysis: Joe Thornton left Wednesday's game against the Ducks midway through the first period and didn't return. He was expected to return Saturday, but it looks as though the injury will cost him a minimum of two games. His next chance to return to the lineup will come Tuesday against the Wild.

1/3/2015

Joe Thornton, C, SJ

Joe Thornton

Sharks' Thornton (Shoulder) Ruled Out Saturday

News: Joe Thornton (shoulder) has been ruled out for Saturday's game against the Blues, David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News reports.
Analysis: Considered probable to play heading into the day, Joe Thornton was unable to skate Saturday morning and quickly ruled out by coach Todd McLellan. It will spell an end to the iron man's streak of 319 consecutive games played, an attribute that made him one of the more trusty fantasy forwards despite a dive in his goal totals in recent seasons. It seems the Sharks are viewing Thornton day-to-day at this time, so there's hope that his absence will only span one game. Joe Pavelski is slated to center the top line in Thornton's absence, while Matt Nieto slides up to fill Pavelski's usual spot on the wing.

1/3/2015

Joe Thornton, C, SJ

Joe Thornton

Sharks' Thornton (Shoulder) Absent From Skate

News: Joe Thornton (shoulder) was absent from the Sharks' gameday skate, putting his status in question for Saturday's game against the Blues, David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News reports.
Analysis: After he was able to get in a full practice Friday, Joe Thornton was considered probable to play Saturday, but the Sharks may be rethinking that after keeping him off the ice during the morning session. It's possible that Thornton just took his option to rest until the evening, but it certainly doesn't erase concerns fantasy owners might have had about his availability. Expect an official verdict on his status during pregame warmups, but because the Sharks are the last game on the schedule Saturday, it may be tough to count on him in daily formats. If Thornton ends up sitting Saturday, his streak of 319 consecutive games played will come to an end.

1/2/2015

Joe Thornton, C, SJ

Joe Thornton

Sharks' Thornton (Shoulder) Probable For Saturday

News: Coach Todd McLellan said Friday that Joe Thornton (shoulder) is probable to play in Saturday's game against the Blues, David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News reports.
Analysis: A collision with the Ducks' Clayton Stoner forced Joe Thornton out of Wednesday's game with an apparent shoulder injury, but the veteran center was back at practice two days later to alleviate any concerns. McLellan said that Thornton felt even better than the Sharks had anticipated Friday, allowing him to be bullish about his availability for Saturday's game. Thornton has not missed a game due to injury since the 2009-10 season.

12/31/2014

Joe Thornton, C, SJ

Joe Thornton

Sharks' Thornton Doesn't Return After Shoulder Hit

News: Joe Thornton left Wednesday's game midway through the first period after suffering an undisclosed injury, reports the Associated Press.
Analysis: He collided with Ducks' defender Clayton Stoner on what seemed like an innocent, shoulder-to-shoulder contact; he left holding his left shoulder. He has played every game for the Sharks this season and the previous three seasons, too. Any absence would be uncharacteristic for the ironman.

12/31/2014

Joe Thornton, C, SJ

Joe Thornton

Thornton Lone Man In For Sharks Tuesday

News: Joe Thornton was the only Shark to beat the Canucks' Ryan Miller on Tuesday, scoring his ninth goal of the year on a penalty shot in a 3-1 loss.
Analysis: Thorny was taken down on a breakaway, and he moved to 2-for-2 on penalty shots for his career by surprising Miller with a quick wrist release. His surprising scoring touch continues, as the veteran dishmaster remains on track to clear 20 goals for the first time since 2010-11.

12/28/2014

Joe Thornton, C, SJ

Joe Thornton

Three-Game Assist Streak For Sharks' Thornton

News: Joe Thornton picked up an assist in his third straight game Saturday against the Kings.
Analysis: Joe Thornton now has 23 helpers on the season, placing him just outside the league's top 10 in that category. With the 35-year-old noticing a bounce back in his goal scoring this season as well, look for him to take aim at the 70-point mark yet again.

12/14/2014

Joe Thornton, C, SJ Sharks' Thornton Registers Two Points Saturday

Joe Thornton

Sharks' Thornton Registers Two Points Saturday

News: Joe Thornton registered his third straight multi-point game Saturday, scoring an empty-net goal and picking up an assist in a win over Nashville.
Analysis: Joe Thornton has been red-hot lately, helping the Sharks to four straight wins. With eight goals and 20 assists in 32 games, Thornton is once again proving to be one of the most consistent fantasy options in the game. He's an automatic roll every night he's in action.

12/12/2014

Joe Thornton, C, SJ

Joe Thornton

Another Two-Assist Game For Sharks' Thornton

News: Joe Thornton rattled off his second consecutive two-assist game (with one of them again coming on the power play) on Thursday, helping out on both goals in a 2-1 win over Minnesota.
Analysis: After going a full month without a multi-point effort prior to Tuesday's contest, Thorny didn't waste any time putting together his next one. But with "just" 19 helpers on the year, he's a bit off his typically high-flying pace in that category.

12/9/2014

Joe Thornton, C, SJ

Joe Thornton

Two Helpers For Sharks' Thornton

News: Joe Thornton turned in his first multi-point game in a month Tuesday, notching two assists (one on the power play) in a 5-2 win over Edmonton.
Analysis: He also remains without a goal in more than three weeks, dating back to Nov. 16, but that's not unusual for Thorny. What is unusual, though, is the spell of invisibility that saw him post just two lonely assists in his last seven games entering Tuesday's action.

11/19/2014

Joe Thornton, C, SJ SJ's Thornton Extends Point Streak To Seven

Joe Thornton

SJ's Thornton Extends Point Streak To Seven

News: Joe Thornton assisted on the lone goal in Tuesday's loss to Buffalo, giving him points in seven straight games.
Analysis: Joe Thornton has four goals and four assists over that stretch and remains a great fantasy play in almost any format.

11/17/2014

Joe Thornton, C, SJ Sharks' Thornton Gets Empty-Netter

Joe Thornton

Sharks' Thornton Gets Empty-Netter

News: Joe Thornton bagged his seventh goal of the season in Sunday's 2-0 win over the Hurricanes.
Analysis: The tally was a cheap empty-netter, but it nonetheless continued a surprising run of finding twine for Joe Thornton, who has shown far more diversity in his scoring (seven goals, 11 assists) than he has in the past. Expect his assist numbers to ultimately dwarf his goal production, but Thornton at least appears poised to reverse his three-year decline in goals per game.