Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 6/10/14
Don’t tell NBC hockey analyst extraordinaire Keith Jones that the San Jose Sharks need a major rebuild. “To be honest, I think San Jose is going to win the Stanley Cup next year. That’s how strongly I feel about their team,” said Jones from New York, where he is a part of NBC’s broadcast team for the Stanley Cup Final. “I understand there’s going to be some tweaks, but I would not do a whole lot with that lineup. “I can’t believe they didn’t get past L.A. with the way that series started. And, if I was picking my Cup team for next year, it would be San Jose.” Part of the reason Jones likes San Jose’s chances next season is the Boston Bruins’ experience in 2010 and 2011. The Bruins blew a 3-0 series lead in the second round in 2010 against Philadelphia, and responded the next season with a championship. Jones, who is also a part of the Flyers’ broadcast team for Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia, compared the Sharks losing Marc-Edouard Vlasic early in Game 5 against the Kings to the Bruins’ David Krejci suffering an injury in Game 3 of their 2010 series with the Flyers.
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