Monday, June 22, 2009

San Jose Sharks Draft Preview

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First Round Position: N/A… yet

Best Picks of last 3 Years:

Nick Petrecki (D) – 1st round 2007
Jamie McGinn (LW) – 2nd round 2006
Logan Couture (C) – 1st round 2007
Harri Sateri (G) – 4th round 2008
Tyson Sexsmith (G) – 3rd round 2007

Coming Down the Pipe – NHL success and rapidly developing prospects like Devin Setoguchi have left the Sharks somewhat depleted depth wise when it comes to prospects. That’s not to say there aren’t some terrific players on the way and defenceman Nick Petrecki looks like a guy who could be a feared rearguard for years to come. Ottawa 67s alum Logan Couture and Jamie McGinn should eventually make the jump to full time Sharks. And as usual, San Jose is overflowing with goaltending prospects including Tyson Sexsmith, Alex Stalock, Thomas Greiss, Harri Sateri and Taylor Dakers.

Draft Trends – It’s half-joke and half-serious but there are two things for which the Sharks can be counted on at the draft – Germans and goalies. The German selections have tailed off in recent years but the system is still ripe with talent drawn from the still growing hockey nation. San Jose has shown a fondness for goalies having taken 9 in just the last 5 drafts. The Sharks don’t draft a lot out of the Q, only 2 of their last 29 picks. Finally, GM Doug Wilson has always shown a willingness to make deals to move up that will help Tim Burke and his staff to select the player they want. They might not be slated to pick in Round 1… but that might change on draft day.

Millard:

Flaming: Felix Bruckman – yes it’s a joke… but he is the highest rated German goalie by Central scouting so maybe he’s a late rounder for the Sharks. For an honest guess... how about giant Finnish netminder Mikko Koskinen as a late second rounder?

1 comment:

Syd said...

No more goalies, please! It should also be noted that the Sharks usually address other needs first and then target goaltenders, as Sateri (4th round), Sexsmith (3rd round), Greiss (3rd round), Stalock (4th round) and Dakers (5th round) will tell you.

The Sharks should get the BPA, whether it's Tatar, Chiasson, Hanowski, Haula, N├Ąttinen (and they do need offense), Olsen, McNabb or someone else. And history will tell you that they usually stay in North America with their early picks.