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.
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
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.)
- Not Categorized Yet
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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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)
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.
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.