Photo: Selected in the second round of the 2011 Draft, Matt Nieto is one of the few Sharks prospects with high offensive potential. (Ed Wolfstein/Icon SMI)
After a late playoff run to the Western Conference finals in 2011, the 2011-12 NHL season has to be considered a failure for the San Jose Sharks organization. Headed into the 2011-12 season with Stanley Cup aspirations, team fell to the middle of the pack and struggled to make the playoffs.
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.
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.
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.
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