Photo: London Knights center Chris Tierney, finding the back of the net at the best pace of his junior career, is tied for the team lead with 13 goals in 2013-14 (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)
The San Jose Sharks junior prospect pool features five, up and coming prospects of various pedigree. Some have a plethora of skill, some of grit but what remains consistent in all of them is that they are good character kids in and around the rink and have something to prove to the naysayers; a staple for Sharks prospects.
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: Selected first overall in the 2013 NHL Draft, center Nathan MacKinnon has made a smooth transition to the NHL level. (courtesy of Karl Gehring/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
Below is the 21-30 segment of the Hockey's Future NHL Team Rankings. The teams are ranked in terms of the quality of their overall prospect pool as voted on by members of the HF staff. For reference, just the top five prospects for each club are listed. To be eligible, a prospect must meet HF's prospect criteria. The rankings are done twice a year, with this ranking meant to represent the state of the prospect pools in the early stages of the 2013-14 season.
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.
Photo: Matt Tennyson will begin his 2013-14 season in Worcester, but the big, skilled blueliner could be among the first call-ups to the Sharks (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)
For a while now, the San Jose Sharks prospect pool has been deeply submerged under water. It has consisted of a lot of unknowns and was written off as one of the worst pools in the NHL. In 2013-14, the fins of the future have risen to the surface and everyone’s screaming “Sharks.”