Skating - quickness, speed, mobility, agility, backwards Hockey Sense - ability to anticipate and make the right decisions ... quickly Compete Level / Win Battles - have to win battles to get the puck Puck Skills - stickhandling, quick hands, puck protection, making and catching passes Ability to Score - some players have the knack, others don't Size / Strength - helps to win battles and endure a grueling schedule Leadership - ability to make others better Intangibles - discipline, experience, good details/habits, work ethic, not injury prone
It takes a combination of all these attributes to be a great player and to build a great team. The fastest team doesn't necessarily win, neither does the biggest or the most skilled. Building a team is like making a great stew, you need just the right ingredients and they have to all compliment each other.
The Sharks along with every other team they are competing with to make the playoffs are trying to find just the right ingredients. Isn't that what makes hockey, and sports for that matter so interesting; watching teams try and find that right mix of character of chemistry. The Giants did it as did the A's and 49ers and now the Sharks are trying to do the same thing.
Don't forget to set your clocks for 11am PST on Saturday - that's game time against the Wild. Should be a great game.