Thursday, January 13, 2011

Draft by Decade: San Jose Sharks

Finally, just an A.  We've had a few A+ and a good few B+ but no true A's.  The Sharks are definitely that, solidly an A.

The Sharks made just six picks in 2001, and all of them have made the NHL, highlighted by Christian Ehrhoff in the fourth round, and Ryan Clowe in the Sixth.  2002 they had some decent deep picks in Tim Conboy in the fifth and Kris Newburry in the 5th.

2003s "Can't Miss" draft was respectable as they nabbed Milan Michalek 6th and Steve Bernier 16th, alhtough they could've been Jeff Carter and Zack Parise very easily.  Impressively the Sharks also found future 40 point d-man Matt Carle 47th and Joe Pavelski 205. 2004 they went deep again nabbing solid back-up Tomas Greiss in the third and Torry Mitcell way back in the 4th.

2005 was impressive as the Sharks took future 30 goal man Devon Setoguchi 8th overall, nabbed ME Vlasic in the second round and reliable Derek Joslin in the 5th.  2006s Ty Wishart 16th is a bit of a project, and Jamie McGinn in the second was a safe pick.  2007 was impressive again as Logan Couture is leading all rookies in scoring this year, he was taken 9th overall, but a trio of late round picks from 2007, Nick Bonino, Justin Braun and Frazer McLaren, as well as a duo of diamonds in the rough from the next year Jason Demers and Tommy Wingells have all made the NHL already; none were taken higher than the 6th round.  AMAZING!

2009s pick of Taylor Doherty in the second is looking promising, the giant d-man is showing a real offensive flair for Kingston in the OHL this season, and 2010s late first round pick of Charlie Coyle was called the "Steal of the Draft" by some, and he's been proving that at the WJC and Boston U. this year.

It's a very solid A for San Jose.

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