In the 1994–95 San Jose Sharks season
, the Sharks once again qualified for the playoffs and won their first-round series before losing in the second round to the Detroit Red Wings
The Sharks chose Jeff Friesen
with their first-round pick, eleventh over-all. Friesen would play for the Sharks for nearly seven seasons.
The Sharks got off to a good start in the lockout-shortened season, winning 5 of their first 6 games. In their first win of the season on January 21, 1995, 18 year-old rookie Jeff Friesen
scored his very first NHL goal, a shorthanded game-winner against the Toronto Maple Leafs
as the Sharks won 3-2. Their streak soon came to an end, and the team lost 5 straight from February 18 to 26. Although he had 4 shutouts, goaltender Arturs Irbe
struggled, going 14-19-3 with a GAA of 3.26 and a SV% of .895. Friesen went on to lead the Sharks in goals with 15. During the season, the team acquired forwards Craig Janney
and Kevin Miller
in a trade with the St. Louis Blues
for forward Todd Elik
and defenseman Jeff Norton
The Sharks finished last in shots on goal (1,152) during the regular season.
In the first round of playoffs, the Sharks once again upset the team with the better record, as they edged the Calgary Flames
4 games to 3. The Sharks allowed 5 shorthanded goals and gave up 35 total goals in the... Read More