Patrick Marleau was drafted in the 1st Round, 2nd overall by the San Jose Sharks in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft behind current teammate Joe Thornton. He has played all nine of his NHL seasons as a Shark. He served as the Sharks captain in the entire second half of the 2003-04 season, following a rotating captaincy. When Ron Wilson went to rotate to a new captain, previous captain Alyn McCauley advised him to leave the captaincy with Marleau. The new captain went on to match his career-high of 57 points from the 2002-2003, rewarding his team for putting their confidence in him.
The 2005-06 season was a break-out season for Marleau, as he passed his old career high in points. Part of this can be attributed to the acquisition of Joe Thornton. After the Thornton trade, Marleau responded with four consecutive three-point nights. The 2005-2006 NHL rule changes may have also enabled him to use better utilize his speed as it did with many players of Marleau's type. In 2006, Marleau was one of three finalists for the Lady Byng Trophy, awarded for the most gentlemanly play during a season.
Marleau's 2006-2007 was very good, as he ended up with 78 regular season points (32 goals, 46 assists). The young captain will continue to play at center and will likely add some depth to the second line, although he has been known to move up front to play with Joe Thornton. Regardless of where he's playing, Marleau's speed and great hockey sense make him an asset to any team. It doesn't hurt that he has tremendous instincts for the net, of course.