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25th Year In Teal: Emergence of Joonas Donskoi

by Staff Writer / San Jose Sharks

In 2015-16 the San Jose Sharks celebrated their 25th anniversary season. It was also the best season in franchise history, including the team's first-ever trip to the Stanley Cup Final. To commemorate, we're taking a look back at the 25 most memorable, funny, and best moments of the 25th anniversary.

Originally drafted by the Florida Panthers in 2010, Joonas Donskoi signed with the San Jose Sharks as a free agent in May 2015 after winning playoff MVP with Karpat in the Finnish league. Donskoi was largely an unknown in North America, outside of being a shootout wizard.

Impressing in both development camp and training camp, Donskoi earned a spot on the big club in his first season in North America. And while he made an impact early on, it wasn't until the second half of the season that he emerged as a guy to watch.

On January 14, Donskoi showed off one his famous shootout moves with a ridiculous deke to score on Cam Talbot.

A few days later on January 18, Donskoi pulled off an indescribable move and then pass to Nieto, who finished it off to ensure the play would make the highlight reels around the league.

And on March 19, Donskoi channeled teammate Joe Thornton and executed a perfect no-look pass from behind the net to Joel Ward, who buried the puck in the net.

These goals weren't his biggest of the year - that one would come much later - but they were a tease of things to come from the Finnish rookie.

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