5 years ago

Joe Thornton exploded for three assists and his first goal of the season in the Sharks 5-3 win over the Phoenix Coyotes.

Thornton has kept his skills sharp by playing overseas during the lockout, racking up nine points in the first three games. He still has a few elite seasons left due to his vision and IQ on the ice. Having some of the elite snipers in NHL on his wing also helps. The Sharks are arguably the most fantasy friendly team in the NHL, with Thornton being one of the main reasons. He fed Patrick Marleau twice and Logan Couture, two of his elite teammates. He's still an elite center, and with a lower average draft position, is providing the best value since his early years in Boston.