Photo: Tomas Hertl scored 25 points in 37 games with the San Jose Sharks in 2013-14, his rookie season. (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon SMI)
The San Jose Sharks offseason has been met with a great deal of criticism. Much has been said about general manager Doug Wilson and his idea of a rebuild. His self-described “tomorrow team” looks surprisingly similar to yesterday’s team. That is, until you look at all of the changes that happened within the prospect ranks.
Photo: Sean Kuraly had a breakout sophomore season for Miami in 2013-14, finishing third on the team with 29 points in 38 games (courtesy of Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images)
In recent years, the San Jose Sharks have become big-time players in the NCAA. Not only have they been victors in the free agent signing frenzy for the past few seasons, adding significant pieces to their prospect pool, but they seem to be drafting an increased number of young players choosing to take the college route for their developmental needs, especially in the later rounds of the draft.
Photo: Tomas Hertl was on pace to graduate to the NHL in 2013-14 but suffered a knee injury in December (courtesy of Danny Murphy/Icon SMI)
The San Jose Sharks had ample opportunity heading into the 2014 trade deadline to acquire a piece to help them with their quest for a cup. Many speculated that the Sharks would mortgage their future to rise up next to the conference’s best.
Photo: Linkoping goaltender and Ottawa Senators prospect Marcus Hogberg backed up Oscar Dansk on Sweden’s silver medal squad that competed at the 2014 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
With the arrival of Henrik Lundqvist in the NHL back in the 2005-06 season, the NHL seen an influx of Swedish goaltenders being drafted or signed to professional contracts and brought over to North America at a rate not seen before.
Photo: Center Freddie Hamilton is just one of the prospects with San Jose’s AHL affiliate in Worcester with the potential to fill a complementary role in the NHL (courtesy of Scott W. Grau/Icon SMI)
Last season, San Jose Sharks General Manager Doug Wilson spoke adamantly about how the team would be going through a refresh rather than a restart. He would add small doses of youth along the way instead of tearing down his veteran squad for a full-fledged rebuild.