Nominations for best supporting yet unknown Shark
D - Scott Hannan
From Richmond, British Columbia, averaging 26 minutes a night against Colorado, opposing forwards hate Hannan's patented paste you against the wall maneuver [ask Forsberg], 1 goal and 3 assists [+4] in 8 playoff games.
LW - Nils Ekman
From Stockholm, Sweden, never catching on with the New York Rangers or Tampa Bay Lightning organizations, Nils Ekman responded in San Jose with career highs in goals , assists , short-handed goals , game winning goals , games played  and +/- [+30], smiles after scoring, after being checked, after pretty much anything that happens on the ice.
RW - Alexander Korolyuk
From Moscow, USSR, many felt he was banished to play in Russia last season under Sutter, returned to notch career highs in goals  and points  and +/- [+20], Korolyuk assumed a role on the penalty kill and on the second power play unit, labeled twice by coach Ron Wilson as the best player on the ice in the first round.
D - Mike Rathje
From Mannville, Alberta, compared in an inspired column by Mark Purdy to Barry Bonds as the Bay Area athlete with the most seniority, 6-5 and 235 lbs makes him the largest Shark, averaging around 23 minutes in the postseason with 2 assists [+2].
RW - Jonathan Cheechoo
From Moose Factory, Ontario, tied for the club lead with 28 goals, had seven 2 goal games this season, increased his point total from 16 last year to 47 this year, has 2 goals and 4 assists [+5] and several fine defensive plays in 8 playoff games, will fire the puck from absolutely anywhere on the ice. Cheechoo seriously hurt his chances at being unknown to the East with a goal between the legs described as the prettiest this season.
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[Update] Rob Blake may miss the rest of the series.
[Update2] If the Sharks lose Ricci, McCauley and Thornton to injury, look for Smith, Davison and Marcel Goc to play, with defenseman Jason Marshall possibly taking shifts at wing.
[Update3] Ray Ratto - Super fish-outs.