Joe Pavelski C SAN 1 Month

Pavelski scored a pair of goals in Thursday's 5-4 loss to the Blue Jackets.

While they were big goals at the time -- a power-play tally to give the Sharks a 2-0 first-period lead and an even-strength goal to tie the game at 3-3 -- it wasn't enough to get the team a win. But that blame can hardly be set at Pavelski's feet. He's off to a point-per-game start over eight games this year, and six of those points have come in his last four contests.

Joe Pavelski C SAN 1 Month

Pavelski had a big fantasy night Saturday in a win over the Devils. He scored a power-play goal and added two assists, one of which came with the man advantage.

He has five points in his last four games. Most pundits pegged Pavelski for a drop in output from last season and we agree -- how many guys whose production spikes at age 29 figure out a way to replicate or better those numbers? Still, a 25-30 goal, 60-65 point campaign is within reach.

Joe Pavelski C SAN 1 Month

Pavelski scored his first goal of the season in Wednesday's shootout victory over the Capitals.

In addition to notching the tally in regulation, Pavelski was the only skater to score in the shootout, aiding the Sharks to their third victory in as many games. Eclipsing last season's 79-point total might be a stretch for Pavelski, but with Joe Thornton and Tomas Hertl working with him on the top line, another huge campaign seems to be in the forecast.

Joe Pavelski C SAN 2 Months

Pavelski had a successful preseason in which he scored two goals and three assists with a plus-4 rating in four games played.

Pavelski had a breakout season in 2013-14 with 41 goals and 38 assists and should produce similar numbers this year. His numbers may dip slightly this season but not by much and should still be considered a top fantasy pick. He is slotted to be on the Sharks' first line with Joe Thornton and Tomas Hertl as well as seeing ample time on the power play.

Joe Pavelski C SAN 5 Months

Joel Pavelski is unlikely to repeat his 41-goal season next year.

The Sharks center was one of three players to top 40 goals. He has always been a great two-way player, but not really considered a prolific goal scorer like he showed last year. His 41-goal season came on the heels of an 18.2 shooting percentage, which is way over his 11.1 percent rate. Pavelski finished the season with 79 points. A 30-goal, 70-point season -- certainly excellent numbers -- isn't out of the question for 2014-15.

Joe Pavelski C SAN 7 Months

Joe Pavelski practiced on the Sharks' top line on Tuesday.

Pavelski skated alongside Joe Thornton and Brent Burns. That's been his regular spot lately, but he did spend part of Game 2 on the third line, so that's why this is noteworthy. Sharks coach Todd McLellan has been toying with the idea of moving Pavelski to the third line for a while to balance the lines.

Joe Pavelski C SAN 7 Months

Joe Pavelski registered a goal and had two assists in the San Jose Sharks' 7-2 slaughter of the visiting Los Angeles Kings in playoff competition Sunday night.

The high-scoring left winger was one of seven different goal scorers for San Jose in a win that put the Sharks ahead 2-0 in their first-round, best-of-seven playoff series against the Kings. Remarkably, the Kings were ahead 2-0 in Sunday's game after the first period. The other goals were produced by Joe Thornton, Raffi Torres, Patrick Marleau, Logan Couture, Mike Brown and Justin Braun. Dan Boyle, Andrew Desjardins and Matthew Nieto each had two assists for the Sharks. Marleau and Couture also had assists for two-point nights.

Joe Pavelski C SAN 7 Months

Joe Pavelski skated on the Sharks' top line with Joe Thornton on Wednesday.

It's worth noting because there was some discussion of moving Pavelski to the third line to balance them out. He had 41 goals and 79 points in 82 games this season.

Joe Pavelski C SAN 7 Months

The San Jose Sharks are considering using Joe Pavelski as the team's third-line center.

That's an unusual spot for a guy that scored 41 goals, but moving Pavelski might give the Sharks three strong scoring lines. In that scenario Tomas Hertl would probably be reunited with Joe Thornton and Brent Burns on the top line.

Joe Pavelski C SAN 8 Months

Forward Joe Pavelski scored his 40th and 41st goals of the season to lead the San Jose Sharks to a 3-2 victory over the Coyotes in Phoenix Saturday night.

Both of Pavelski's goals were netted in the first period. Pavelski has had a first-rate season and has notched at least a point in seven of his team's final eight regular-season games. Logan Couture also scored for the Sharks, his 23rd of the season. The Sharks entered the game locked into a first-round playoff series against the Kings, starting in the coming week, so the game against the Coyotes Saturday was merely a tuneup.