The San Jose Sharks acquired Joe Thornton in 2005 in the middle of the 2005-06 season which changed completely changed the organization in the long run. Joe Thornton was the 1st overall draft picked in his draft year with Patrick Marleau being the second. The Sharks traded Marco Sturm, Wayne Primeau, and Brad Stuart to the Boston Bruins for Thornton. In the season he was traded he put up 125 points in 81 games with both teams and won the Art Ross Trophy, leagues tops scorer.
Thornton is an overall future hall of famer with one thing miss from his resume, the Stanley Cup. He served as the Sharks captain from 2010 until it was stripped from him in 2014. Thornton’s leadership has been questioned by outside media but he continues to play his game and ignore the criticisms. No player has scored more points or assist since Thornton joined the league in 1997.
He has become a fan favorite and continues to want to play in San Jose. He finished his two year contract this season and stated he would like to stay a Shark. While Thornton is now 38 and is points per season has declined, he still has gas left in the tank. Unfortunately he tore is ACL and MCL in the second to last regular season. He had successful surgery after the Sharks playoff run ended. Thornton may not be top line center material but still deserve a shot.