Photo: A free agent signing out of Minnesota State-Mankato, Eriah Hayes made his NHL debut with the San Jose Sharks on January 5th in Chicago (courtesy of Warren Wimmer/Icon SMI)
The San Jose Sharks have considerable depth at the minor league affiliate level. Quantity does not equal quality though, and while the ranks are brimming in numbers, there is not a lot to be excited for at the halfway point of 2013-14 season.
Photo: New York Rangers forward Chris Kreider has regained his form from the 2012 playoffs after struggling through the 2012-13 season (courtesy of David Hahn/Icon SMI)
An injury to the San Jose Sharks' Tomas Hertl, an early season favorite for the Calder Trophy, has widened the race for the NHL's top rookie prize, with New York Rangers forward Chris Kreider jumping into the top spot in the Hockey's Future Calder Poll for December.
Photo: San Jose Sharks forward Tomas Hertl turned in another solid month in November to earn the top spot in HF’s ranking of the top NHL rookies (courtesy of Rocky Widner/Getty Image)
The Hockey's Future Calder Trophy poll for November reflected the depth of the 2013-14 rookie class as 22 players received votes from members of the staff. This month's Top 10 was impacted by several early season call-ups who have emerged while a handful of players who opened the season with a bang but then cooled off are no longer in this month's Top 10 (actually eleven since there was a tie for the 10th spot).
Photo: Two first round selections, one from 2012 (Tomas Hertl, L) and the other from 2013 (Sean Monahan, R) shared top billing in HF’s Calder Poll for October of 2013 (courtesy of Scott W. Grau/Icon SMI (Hertl) and Brad Rempel/Icon SMI (Monahan))
Playing for a disappointing Ottawa 67's team that was one of the weaker teams in the OHL last season, Calgary Flames rookie Sean Monahan was overshadowed by forwards such as Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin of the Memorial Cup-winning Halifax Mooseheads heading into the 2013 NHL Draft.
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.