Team Depth Chart of NHL Prospects
Strengths
  • Strong character players
  • Two-way awareness among forwards
  • Offensive, puck-moving defensemen
Weaknesses
  • Very few shutdown defenders
  • Little high-end scoring potential from forward group
  • Depth at left wing in the minors

About Prospect Scores and Probability

Prospect Criteria

Legend of Players' Leagues
Pro
Playing in N.A. Pro (NHL, AHL, ECHL, etc.)
CHL
Playing in CHL (OHL, QMJHL, WHL)
NCAA
Playing in NCAA
Europe
Playing in Europe
Junior
Playing in Junior 'A' (USHL, BCHL, AJHL, etc.)
N/A
Not Categorized Yet

Goaltenders

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. J.P. Anderson Pro 6.5 C
2. Fredrik Bergvik Europe 6.5 D
3. Troy Grosenick Pro 6.0 C

Right Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Nikolay Goldobin CHL 7.5 D
2. Daniil Tarasov Pro 7.0 D
3. Max Gaede NCAA 6.5 C
4. Eriah Hayes Pro 6.5 C
5. Alex Schoenborn CHL 6.0 C
6. Kevin Labanc CHL 6.0 D
7. Chris Crane Pro 5.0 D

Left Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Tye McGinn Pro 7.0 C
2. Gabryel Boudreau CHL 6.5 D
3. Emil Galimov Europe 6.5 D
4. Petter Emanuelsson Europe 6.0 C
5. Barclay Goodrow CHL 6.0 C
6. Dylan Sadowy CHL 6.0 C

Centers

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Tomas Hertl Pro 8.0 C
2. Chris Tierney CHL 7.5 C
3. Dan O'Regan NCAA 7.5 D
4. Rylan Schwartz Pro 7.0 D
5. Freddie Hamilton Pro 6.5 B
6. Colin Blackwell NCAA 6.5 C
7. Cody Ferriero NCAA 6.5 C
8. Sean Kuraly NCAA 6.5 C
9. Travis Oleksuk Pro 6.5 D
10. Ryan Carpenter Pro 6.5 D
11. Rourke Chartier CHL 6.0 C
12. Noah Rod Europe 6.0 C
13. Jake Jackson Junior 6.0 D

Defensemen

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Matt Tennyson Pro 7.5 C
2. Mirco Mueller CHL 7.5 C
3. Dylan DeMelo Pro 7.0 C
4. Konrad Abeltshauser Pro 7.0 C
5. Julius Bergman Europe 7.0 C
6. Alexis Vanier CHL 7.0 D
7. Michael Brodzinski NCAA 6.5 C
8. Taylor Doherty Pro 6.5 D
9. Cliff Watson NCAA 6.5 D
10. Joakim Ryan NCAA 6.5 D
11. Isaac MacLeod NCAA 6.0 D
12. Gage Ausmus NCAA 6.0 D

Depth and character prevails in San Jose’s top 20

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Photo: Forward Tommy Wingels had something of a breakout season in 2011-12, splitting time evenly between the AHL and NHL. Wingels even managed to appear in five NHL playoff games. (Tony Medina/Icon SMI)

The San Jose Sharks have seen some of their prospects demonstrate solid development over the 2011-12 season while others have been seemingly stuck in neutral. Benn Ferriero and Justin Braun have graduated since the last Top 20 list while others such as Taylor Doherty, Harri Sateri, Nick Petrecki, and Brandon Mashinter have seen their stock decline over the season. The organization signed several quality free agents this spring including Travis Oleksuk, Matt Tennyson, and Sebastien Stalberg.

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Small group of Sharks prospects gained limited post-season experience

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Photo: Defenseman Konrad Abeltshauser had a strong post-season with the Halifax Mooseheads, managing five goals and 11 assists in 15 games. (Dave Connell/HF)

The San Jose Sharks prospect pool saw a varied amount of post-season experience in 2011-12, with players representing the organization at almost every level of junior hockey.

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Hockey’s Future Organizational Rankings, Spring 2012: 21-30

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Jarred Tinordi - London Knights

Photo: London Knights captain Jarred Tinordi and his London Knights teammates fell just short of a Memorial Cup championship. Tinordi is a top prospect of the Montreal Canadiens (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

Below is the bottom third of the ranking of the prospect depth of the NHL organizations as voted by the Hockey's Future staff. To determine the ranking, each team's entire prospect pool was taken into consideration. For reference, just the top five prospects are listed. To be eligible, a prospect must meet HF's prospect criteria. The rankings are done twice each season, in the fall and spring.

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San Jose Sharks stacked with NCAA talent

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Photo: Defenseman Isaac Macleod provided a steadying presence this season for the Boston College blue line. MacLeod would appear in 44 games this season, helping the Eagles to a Frozen Four Championship. (Photo courtesy of

Fred Kfoury/Icon SMI)

The San Jose Sharks have good variety in their prospects group at the NCAA level but no prospects playing in Europe. The Sharks did have one European prospect in Daniil Sobchenko, but he tragically perished in an airplane crash with fellow Lokomotiv Yaraslavl teammates on September 7th, 2011.

The team has drafted a good mix of speed, skill, physicality, size and grit with six forwards and three defensemen having played this past season in the NCAA. There will most likely be no players leaving early to play at the professional level as most will need more development time in the NCAA.

NCAA

Colin Blackwell, C, Harvard Crimson (ECAC)
Drafted 7th round, 194th overall in 2011

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Collegiate prospects dominate Sharks prospect awards

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Photo: Travis Oleksuk is one of many free agent signings in the San Jose prospect pool. Oleksuk managed 21 goals and 32 points in 41 games with Minnesota-Duluth before signing an entry-level deal. (Photo courtesy of Fred Kfoury/Icon SMI)

The 2012 HF Awards are based on the Sharks prospects 2011-12 regular seasons performances in all the leagues in which they have played this year. The award winners are selected by the HF writers and decided on after all the tabulations.

Hardest Worker: Tyson Sexsmith, G, Worcester Sharks (AHL)
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