Joe Thornton
C SJ
2 weeks ago

Thornton picked up a helper on the Sharks' lone goal in Wednesday's 5-1 defeat at the hands of the Lightning.

EDGE Analysis

While Thornton may be stuck in a five-game goal drought, he has managed to snag a trio of assists. Despite averaging 4:09 of ice time with the man advantage, the veteran has just four power-play points to show for it. Even if Jumbo Joe continues to struggle to find the back of the net, he has likely earned the benefit of the doubt and should continue to log significant minutes in a top-six role.

Joe Thornton
C SJ
1 month ago

Thornton collected two assists with one of those on the power play in Saturday's 5-3 road loss to the Islanders, though he also posted a minus-3 rating over 19:53 of ice time.

EDGE Analysis

Jumbo Joe has five points (one goal, five assists) in his last three games, but it's hard to ignore his lackluster defensive production. His minus-4 rating to start the season -- while certainly not an egregious mark -- stands as the lowest of any forward from Team Teal, which makes us wonder just how much more the 38-year-old has left in the tank. His proficiency within the attacking zone keeps him relevant in virtually any fantasy format, yet his sluggish own-zone output has been hurting his own team.

Joe Thornton
C SJ
1 month ago

Thornton manufactured a goal to complement a power-play assist as well as a plus-2 rating in Tuesday night's 5-2 home win over the Canadiens.

EDGE Analysis

The Habs cannot buy a win at the Shark Tank, as it's there that they've dropped 11 consecutive games. Jumbo Joe snapped a three-game pointless streak before producing his first two-point effort of the young season. As an alternate captain, the 38-year-old will be leaned on heavily to help Team Teal improve upon its 2-3-0 record and once again stay relevant in the Pacific Division.

Joe Thornton
C SJ
2 months ago

Thornton went scoreless with a minus-2 rating in his first preseason contest of the year Saturday -- a 4-0 loss to Arizona.

EDGE Analysis

Coming off an ACL injury that he played through last season, Thornton had been skating with the team since training camp began Sep. 15, so the team holding him out of preseason contests probably had a lot more to do with keeping the 38-year-old fresh for the beginning of the campaign than for health reasons. Despite seeing a dip in production from 19 goals and 82 points in 2015-16 to seven goals and 50 points in 2016-17, Thornton remains one of the elite passers in all of hockey and will likely continue to rack up points on the power play until he hangs up his skates.

Joe Thornton
C SJ
2 months ago

Thornton (knee) told reporters Friday that "I feel 100 percent and ready to compete."

EDGE Analysis

Jumbo showed incredible resolve by playing through ACL and MCL injuries in the postseason, and between his ability to tough that out and evidently feeling good at the start of training camp, fantasy owners shouldn't worry too much about all that he's had to overcome from a health standpoint. However, Patrick Marleau -- the Sharks' franchise points leader -- is now with the Maple Leafs, so that'll inevitably add pressure on Thornton to give Team Teal its first ever Stanley Cup. He signed a one-year extension July 1, so this could be his last hurrah in the Bay Area.

Joe Thornton
C SJ
5 months ago

Thornton (knee) will sign a one-year contract to remain with San Jose in 2017-18, Kevin Kurz of NBC Sports California reports.

EDGE Analysis

Thornton displayed his dedication to the game and team by playing through a torn ACL and MCL during the 2016-17 playoffs. The club left him unprotected prior to the Vegas expansion draft, thought it was likely a calculated risk given his age and the major knee injury. The 37-year-old's career would seem to be winding down, but he'll play at least one more season with the Sharks. Thornton should retain his spot atop the club's depth chart in 2017-18 if he's healthy by the time the regular season rolls around.

Joe Thornton
C SJ
5 months ago

Thornton (knee) won't be protected from Wednesday's NHL expansion draft, TSN reports.

EDGE Analysis

It's not a huge surprise that the Sharks are willing to roll the dice with Thornton given his age and the fact that he's coming off a major knee injury that included both ACL and MCL tears during the playoffs. He also doesn't have a contract for the 2017-18 season at this point, so Vegas would have to negotiate a new deal with him in the next week to make it an option. Given some of the other options available from San Jose, the Golden Knights will almost certainly pass on him in favor of a younger, healthier body from the Sharks.

Joe Thornton
C SJ
7 months ago

Thornton's surgery on his ACL and MCL was deemed successful, and he's expected to be ready for the start of the 2017-18 campaign.

EDGE Analysis

Given that Jumbo was able to play through the severe injuries, we can't see that hurting his fantasy stock, especially since the surgery apparently went off without a hitch. However, it's worth noting that Thornton will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, likely signaling a move away from San Jose after 12 seasons. The industrious pivot went from averaging a point per game in 2015-16 down to 50 in 79 games this year. It'll be tough to gauge his value in virtual formats until we see what color sweater he dons next.

Joe Thornton
C SJ
7 months ago

Thornton will have surgery Monday to repair a torn ACL and MCL suffered during the playoffs, Darren Dreger of TSN reports.

EDGE Analysis

The fact that Thornton was able to skate at all considering the extent of the damage to his knee is remarkable, but garnering a pair of helpers is all the more impressive. The veteran will now shift his focus to the 2017-18 campaign, although it is unclear if he will be ready in time for training camp. Another concern of course is whether the 37-year-old will want to continue playing -- assuming the Sharks offer him a new contract.

Joe Thornton
C SJ
7 months ago

Thornton (knee) is on the ice for pregame warmups Sunday, Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area reports. As such, it looks likely that he will play in Game 3 against the Oilers.

EDGE Analysis

Jumbo Joe was reported to be a game-time decision Sunday morning, so it looks like he'll be good to go after sitting out the previous five contests with the knee issue. Assuming there are no setbacks between line rushes and puck drop, Thornton should assume his regular role centering one of the team's top-two scoring lines.