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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%: 99/84 | Average Draft Position: 78.29
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6/28/2014

Joe Thornton, C, SJ

Joe Thornton

Sharks Considering Stripping Thornton Of Captaincy

News: Sharks coach Todd McLellan is musing out loud that it may be time for a leadership change on the team and Joe Thornton may lose the captain's C, reports ESPN.com. "What would happen if nobody wore a letter on our team this year? Not a single guy?" McLellan said early Saturday.
Analysis: "We'd still be the San Jose Sharks and we'd be a leadership group. What would happen?" mused McLellan. "Jumbo's our captain right now and we'll make some decisions as we go forward. We've got to get it right." This may be posturing leading up to July 1 and free agency. This could get interesting very, very soon.

6/7/2014

Joe Thornton, C, SJ

Joe Thornton

Leafs Kicking Tires On Sharks' Thornton?

News: The Maple Leafs are among at least six teams interested in acquiring Joe Thornton, reports the Toronto Sun. Thornton has a no-move clause, but may be willing to waive it if the Sharks strip him of his captaincy, a move that has been suggested.
Analysis: There's no word of the other teams, other than an internet rumor that has tied him to the Blackhawks in a salary flip for Patrick Sharp. But that has not been confirmed. Jumbo Joe turns 35 on July 2, but his 65 assists last season show he clearly has gas -- and a lot of it -- left in the tank. His cap hit is $6.75 million through 2016-17.

4/23/2014

Joe Thornton, C, SJ Thornton Has Five-Game Point Streak For Sharks

Joe Thornton

Thornton Has Five-Game Point Streak For Sharks

News: Joe Thornton had an assist, two penalty minutes, and played 20:41 in a Game 3 win over LA.
Analysis: Joe Thornton has points in five straight, with three of those happening in the postseason. He's been playing as well as he did all season and is even shedding the season-long stigma that he's only good for assists. He has two goals, an assist, and eight shots through the first three games.

4/21/2014

Joe Thornton, C, SJ Goals In Back-To-Back Games For Sharks' Thornton

Joe Thornton

Goals In Back-To-Back Games For Sharks' Thornton

News: Joe Thornton had a goal and three shots in Sunday's Game 2 win over the Kings.
Analysis: Joe Thornton has goals in back-to-back games for the Sharks -- a surprising turn from a guy who scored only 11 in the regular season. He also has zero assists in the postseason after tallying 65 over the course of the campaign. Thorny appears to be more willing to put pucks on net come playoff time -- he's averaging 3.5 shots per postseason game, up from 1.5 during the regular season. Everything has flipped around for Thornton, but his fantasy owners sure don't mind.

4/18/2014

Joe Thornton, C, SJ

Joe Thornton

Thornton Scores In Sharks' Postseason Opener

News: Joe Thornton scored on one of four shots in Thursday's Game 1 match against the Kings.
Analysis: Joe Thornton continued an impressive season by repeatedly being a factor in the game. The veteran first line center enters the postseason with 125 games of playoff experience, tallying 22 goals and 75 assists in his playoff career.

4/4/2014

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Joe Thornton

Sharks' Thornton Grabs 64th Assist

News: Joe Thornton had an assist and two shots in Thursday's win over the Kings.
Analysis: His 64th assist of the season, it moved Joe Thornton's current point streak to a modest three games.

4/2/2014

Joe Thornton, C, SJ

Joe Thornton

Thornton Gets Two Assists In Sharks' Win

News: Joe Thornton had two assists in a 5-4 win over the Oilers on Tuesday.
Analysis: Jumbo Joe keeps putting the helpers on the board. He's at 63 on the season now, the second-highest total in the league.

3/25/2014

Joe Thornton, C, SJ

Joe Thornton

Sharks' Thornton Reaches 60 Assists

News: Joe Thornton dished out a pair of assists -- one on the power play -- in Tuesday's victory over Edmonton.
Analysis: The two helpers pushed his season total to 60, and he now has cleared 70 points for the 11th time in his career. Jumbo Joe just keeps gettin' it done, and at 34, he probably has a few more high-level seasons ahead of him.

3/20/2014

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Joe Thornton

Thornton Powers Sharks' Offense In WIn

News: Joe Thornton assisted on two of the Sharks' goals and scored the other one in Thursday's 3-2 win over Anaheim.
Analysis: A jumbo game for Jumbo Joe, who's been finding a little more twine lately. He still has just 11 goals on the season, but three of those (and, of course, seven assists) have come in his last eight games.

3/19/2014

Joe Thornton, C, SJ

Joe Thornton

Thornton Has Strong Night In Sharks' Loss

News: Joe Thornton had an assist as well as an uncharacteristic five shots and 23:35 of ice time in Tuesday's loss to Florida.
Analysis: Joe Thornton continues to add to his bank vault of assists. He's sitting at 56 through 70 games, good for second in the league.

3/15/2014

Joe Thornton, C, SJ SJ's Thornton Pots 10th Of The Year

Joe Thornton

SJ's Thornton Pots 10th Of The Year

News: Joe Thornton scored on one of two shots in Friday's win over the Islanders.
Analysis: Joe Thornton has been great since the Olympic break, tallying two goals and seven assists on nine games.

3/11/2014

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Joe Thornton

Thornton Chips In Three Assists For Sharks

News: Joe Thornton handed out three assists in Tuesday's 6-2 whipping of the Maple Leafs.
Analysis: That pushes his spectacular total to 55 on the year, just two shy of Sidney Crosby for tops in the NHL. Thorny continues to assist regularly and score but rarely.

3/7/2014

Joe Thornton, C, SJ

Joe Thornton

Thornton Nets Game-Winner As San Jose Rallies Late

News: Joe Thornton had a goal and an assist, in addition to five shots, a plus-3 rating, and 20:20 of ice time in Thursday's win over Pittsburgh.
Analysis: Joe Thornton, who is currently averaging 1.4 shots per game, has been shooting the puck suddenly, averaging three shots per game over the last four. Don't look at those shots and 20 minutes of ice time as a new trend though, think of them as the icing on your "King of the Assists" fantasy cake.

3/3/2014

Joe Thornton, C, SJ Three-Game Point Streak For Sharks' Thornton

Joe Thornton

Three-Game Point Streak For Sharks' Thornton

News: Joe Thornton had an assist and a team-high four shots in Sunday's road win over the Devils.
Analysis: The shots don't come regularly for Joe Thornton, but those assists are like clockwork. He's got an assist in all three games since the break and has regained the league lead with 51 assists on the season.

2/28/2014

Joe Thornton, C, SJ

Joe Thornton

SJ's Thornton Tallies Another Assist

News: Joe Thornton had an assist for the second straight game Friday as the Sharks fell against the Sabres.
Analysis: That puts Jumbo Joe at the 50-assist mark, second best in the league. He's going to keep producing. It's what he does.

2/28/2014

Joe Thornton, C, SJ

Joe Thornton

Thornton Gathers Another Assist In Sharks Win

News: Joe Thornton had an assist and a plus-2 rating in Thursday's win over Philadelphia.
Analysis: At this point you know what you're getting with Jumbo Joe. He's going to keep piling up assists and a solid plus/minus. However, goals, minutes, and shots are going to be a roller coaster with more lows than highs. He played just 15:53 Thursday, which isn't that out of the ordinary. He's also accumulated a grand total of one shot over his last four games. No wonder he's only got eight goals this season.

2/4/2014

Joe Thornton, C, SJ

Joe Thornton

SJ's Thornton Ends Drought

News: Joe Thornton had an assist and five giveaways in 19:48 of ice time in Monday's loss to the Flyers.
Analysis: That ends a streak of four games without a point for Joe Thornton, his longest drought of the season. He remains one of the most valuable players in fantasy.

2/2/2014

Joe Thornton, C, SJ Thornton Bags Shootout Winner For Sharks

Joe Thornton

Thornton Bags Shootout Winner For Sharks

News: Joe Thornton scored on an impressive move to end the shootout against Chicago Saturday night. He registered five shots in 22:30 of ice time.
Analysis: Joe Thornton is without a point in the last four games, the longest pointless stretch he's had since February of 2013. His struggles are the Sharks' struggles and they both need a quick turnaround. Jumbo is trying though. He's three for three in the shootout this season and Saturday's five shot tally is this year's high-water mark for Jumbo.

1/26/2014

Joe Thornton, C, SJ

Joe Thornton

Thornton's OT Goal Lifts Sharks

News: Joe Thornton scored twice, including the game-winner in overtime, in Saturday's 3-2 win over Minnesota.
Analysis: He's earned his pay this season with his passing, not his goal-scoring; his 47 assists led the NHL. He has a respectable shooting percentage (12.5 percent), but has only taken 64 shots in 52 games. If he fired away more often, he might be an elite goal scorer.

1/24/2014

Joe Thornton, C, SJ

Joe Thornton

Thornton Signs Three-Year Extension With Sharks

News: Joe Thornton agreed to a three-year contract extension with the Sharks on Friday, Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Joe Thornton is not the goal scorer he used to be, but he is moving the puck as well as ever, with 47 assists in 51 games this season. Thornton's deal will average $6.75 million per season and keep him in San Jose through 2017.

1/21/2014

Joe Thornton, C, SJ Sharks' Thornton Continues League-Leading Pace

Joe Thornton

Sharks' Thornton Continues League-Leading Pace

News: Joe Thornton had an assist and a plus-1 rating in 19:24 of ice time in Monday's win over Calgary.
Analysis: Stop us if you've heard this before: Joe Thornton had an assist and added to his league-leading total of 47. He's as reliable as they come this season.

1/20/2014

Joe Thornton, C, SJ Sharks' Thornton Keeps Building Assist Total

Joe Thornton

Sharks' Thornton Keeps Building Assist Total

News: Joe Thornton notched his league-leading 46th assist Saturday in a win over Tampa Bay.
Analysis: Joe Thornton's 52 points in 49 games are good enough to make him one of the most valuable players in fantasy and an incredible return on investment for owners who paid a somewhat depressed price for him in this year's drafts.

1/17/2014

Joe Thornton, C, SJ

Joe Thornton

Sharks' Thornton Grabs Pretty Breakaway Tally

News: Joe Thornton netted his sixth goal of the season on a pretty breakaway goal in a win over Florida.
Analysis: Joe Thornton still can't be counted on for many goals, in fact that breakaway tally is his only shot over the last four games. But Jumbo's league-leading 45 assists ought to make up for the lack of goals and shots.

1/10/2014

Joe Thornton, C, SJ

Joe Thornton

Another Two Helpers For Sharks' Thornton

News: One game after snapping his eight-game point streak, Joe Thornton got back on the board Thursday, assisting on a pair of goals in a win over Detroit.
Analysis: The NHL's best distributor still doesn't have a goal since Dec. 3, but his 45 assists lead the NHL by four over Sidney Crosby. Sure, you can count his goals on one hand, but those helpers are gold.

1/6/2014

Joe Thornton, C, SJ Sharks' Thornton Notches Another Assist

Joe Thornton

Sharks' Thornton Notches Another Assist

News: Joe Thornton picked up his league-leading 43rd assist Sunday against the Blackhawks.
Analysis: Joe Thornton has been on a tear, as he has at least a point in eight straight games.