Photo: Minnesota Wild forward prospect Kirill Kaprizov (R) competed for Team Russia at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship, where Russia won silver after falling in overtime to Finland in the gold medal game (courtesy of MARKKU ULANDER/AFP/Getty Images)
The KHL continues to produce good players at a good pace, but nowadays there are more players moving to North America than before, therefore leaving the KHL with a slightly inferior number of drafted prospects than before. Read more»
Photo: Sharks prospect Rudolfs Balcers and the Stavanger Oilers fell in the Champions Hockey League tournament but the Latvian star is on pace to shatter his league scoring totals (courtesy of Ocelari Trinec/Champions Hockey League via Getty Images)
With an underrated group of players at all levels of play, the 2015-16 San Jose Sharks prospect pool is easily one of the deepest collective systems in the league. On an individual front, there are many exciting stories and players to keep an eye on this upcoming season. Chris Tierney is on the cusp of becoming something truly special, Colin Blackwell eyes his first healthy season in years, and Mirco Mueller will be looking for a season of redemption.
Photo: San Jose Sharks fifth-round pick Dan O’Regan scored the overtime winner versus Yale in the first round of the NCAA Tournament (courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)
The San Jose Sharks have an intriguing group of prospects at the NCAA and European levels. These prospects represent some of the highest potential this pool has to offer; it is also mired in shortcomings.
Photo: Severstal Cherepovets forward and New York Rangers prospect Pavel Buchnevich represented Russia at the 2015 World Junior Championship, scoring one goal and five assists in seven games (courtesy of Terry Wilson/CHL Images)
Forward is traditionally the position that is most productive for Russia, as evidenced by the success rate of Russian-born NHL forwards and the recent good performances at the World Junior Championship. Read more»
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.