Photo: San Jose Sharks prospect Timo Meier, the team’s first top ten draft pick since 2007, is part of a European talent influx into the organization (courtesy of Dennis Pajot/Getty Images)
Over the course of two off-seasons, the San Jose Sharks have vastly improved their prospect ranks. The once small and meager prospect pool has quietly evolved into a massive, shark-infested ocean.
While still lacking in true blue chip talent, this is without a doubt the strongest crop of players the Sharks have had in their system in the last ten seasons. But that comes as no surprise with the decline of the NHL roster and its recent playoff failings. After all, prospect pools and winning are typically inversely proportional.
Photo: Kelowna’s Rourke Chartier is one of several San Jose Sharks prospects having a great season in the CHL. (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)
The San Jose Sharks prospect pool has improved greatly over the past season, quietly becoming one of the more respectable collections of prospects in the league. This surge is due in large part to the organizational desire to get younger, the 2014 NHL draft class, and the aggressive free agent signings of Barclay Goodrow and Nikita Jevpalovs.
Photo: San Jose Sharks prospect Kevin Labanc has had an impressive second season with the Barrie Colts (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)
In recent seasons, junior hockey has been a hotbed of talent for the San Jose Sharks. Just last year, Mirco Mueller, Chris Tierney and Barclay Goodrow were all in the CHL. That’s three young talented prospects that have already contributed with the big club this season.
Photo: Freddie Hamilton has NHL-caliber skill, but a poor training camp has relegated him to the AHL for now. (courtesy of John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images)
The first few weeks of the the 2014-15 season have provided an early glimpse of what San Jose Shark fans can expect going forward during the youth movement in San Jose. General manager Doug Wilson has not shied away from injecting young, inexperienced players into his roster. Read more»
Photo: Nikolay Goldobin, San Jose’s top pick at 27th overall, ranked seventh overall in OHL scoring with 94 points in 67 games for Sarnia in 2013-14 (courtesy of Derik Hamilton/Icon SMI)
Coming into the 2014 NHL Draft in Philadelphia, General Manager Doug Wilson and the San Jose Sharks were making substantial noise and looked to be on the precipice of a big change, a monumental rebuild of sorts that would alter the culture and look of the Sharks for years to come. Instead of a loud boom, in typical Sharks fashion, the 2014 draft quietly ushered in a new age for the San Jose organization.