Joe Pavelski SJ SharksThe San Jose Sharks announced they have agreed to terms on a five-year extension with Joe Pavelski, keeping the 29-year-old center in teal through the 2018-19 season. The deal is reportedly worth $30M — the same amount they paid Logan Couture in June.

The two deals provide an answer to the biggest question plaguing the Sharks recently: with Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau on the back end of their long, successful careers with San Jose, the future faces of the Sharks have been unveiled.

“Joe has been an important part of our success over the last several years and we are excited to have him with our club for the next six seasons,” general manager Doug Wilson said in a statement.

Just how pivotal has Pavelski been to the Sharks’ success?

  • Since 2006-07, Pavelski is second on the Sharks in goals (150) behind Marleau
  • He’s third during that same span in assists (186) behind Marleau and Thornton
  • That makes him third in points since 06-07 behind Thornton and Marleau
  • He’s second in shorthanded goals since 06-07 with seven (tied with Mike Grier, oddly enough)
  • He’s fourth all-time in game-winning goals (tied with Marco Sturm for 27)
  • He’s fourth in career playoff points (50)
  • He’s second in playoff game-winning goals (7)
  • There are three players with three overtime playoff goals in Sharks history — Pavelski is one of them
  • Among all active players, only Jaromir Jagr has more career playoff OT goals

(h/t @SharksStats)

The leader in nearly every category is Marleau, so it’s not unreasonable to assume this is where the baton gets passed. Pavelski has been an important part of the Sharks’ offense for the last four-year stretch, carrying them to series victories over the Avalanche, Kings and Red Wings. He was equally impressive last season, tied for third in scoring (16 goals, 15 assists) during the regular season and leading the team during the playoffs (4 goals, 8 assists).

With free agency upcoming for Pavelski at the end of next season, the team identified him as one of the pieces to keep early this summer. Now they won’t have to worry about him for the next six years.