Team Depth Chart of NHL Prospects
  • Strong character players
  • Two-way awareness among forwards
  • Offensive, puck-moving defensemen
  • 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
Playing in N.A. Pro (NHL, AHL, ECHL, etc.)
Playing in CHL (OHL, QMJHL, WHL)
Playing in NCAA
Playing in Europe
Playing in Junior 'A' (USHL, BCHL, AJHL, etc.)
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League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Fredrik Bergvik Europe 6.5 D
2. Aaron Dell Pro 6.5 D
3. Troy Grosenick Pro 6.0 C
4. J.P. Anderson Pro 5.5 B
5. Joel Rumpel Pro 5.5 C

Right Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Nikolay Goldobin Europe 7.5 C
2. Kevin Labanc CHL 7.0 D
3. Eriah Hayes Pro 6.5 C
4. Daniil Tarasov Pro 6.5 F
5. Alex Schoenborn CHL 6.0 D
6. Max Gaede NCAA 3.0 B
7. Chris Crane Pro 3.0 C

Left Wing

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


League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Chris Tierney Pro 7.5 C
2. Dan O'Regan NCAA 7.5 D
3. Rourke Chartier CHL 7.5 D
4. Noah Rod Europe 6.5 C
5. Ryan Carpenter Pro 6.5 D
6. Sean Kuraly NCAA 6.0 B
7. Colin Blackwell NCAA 4.0 B
8. Jake Jackson Junior 2.0 C


League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Mirco Mueller Pro 7.5 C
2. Dylan DeMelo Pro 7.0 C
3. Konrad Abeltshauser Pro 7.0 C
4. Michael Brodzinski NCAA 7.0 C
5. Julius Bergman CHL 7.0 C
6. Alexis Vanier CHL 6.0 C
7. Joakim Ryan Pro 6.0 D
8. Gage Ausmus NCAA 5.5 C
9. Cliff Watson NCAA 4.0 C

Small group of Sharks prospects gained limited post-season experience

by David Thicke

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

by Ken McKenna
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

by David Thicke
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.


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

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Collegiate prospects dominate Sharks prospect awards

by David Thicke
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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San Jose Sharks gamble paid off at the 2007 Draft

by David Thicke
Photo: Forward Logan Couture is one of the top players from the 2007 NHL Draft. The second-year player has managed back-to-back 30 goal seasons. (Photo courtesy of Andy Mead/YCJ/Icon SMI)

The 2007 NHL Entry Draft started with the Sharks organization trading to get two first-round picks in order to select their targeted players, while moving players who had become disposable to them. The morning of the draft, the Sharks quickly dealt backup goaltender Vesa Toskala and forward Mark Bell to the Maple Leafs for the 13th and 44th picks in the 2007 draft, as well as their fourth-round pick in 2009. Toskala and Bell had become expendable due to the development of a few of their prospects over the last season.
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