Photo: San Jose traded up to 18th overall at the 2013 NHL Draft to select Swiss defenseman Mirco Mueller, a smart do-it-all blueliner for the WHL’s Everett Silvertips (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)
For the first time in a long time, the San Jose Sharks will head into the draft as rebuilders. After a long reign as contenders and potential Stanley Cup hoisters, General Manager Doug Wilson will be closing the window on his perennial powerhouse team.
Photo: Defenseman Matt Tennyson, who led Worcester blueliners with seven goals in 2013-14, maintained his spot as San Jose’s Top Defensive Prospect (courtesy of Fred Kfoury/Icon SMI)
The 2013-14 season was a big year for the San Jose Sharks and their prospects. In a lot of ways it was an eye opener for the rest of the league and demonstrated the depth and top-flight skill they had hidden away in their prospect pool.
Photo: San Jose Sharks forward Tomas Hertl appeared to be a Calder Trophy candidate early in the 2013-14 season, but an injury that caused him to miss 45 games took him out of contention for that award (courtesy of Nick Lust/NHLI via Getty Images)
San Jose Sharks forward Tomas Hertl experienced as much success and frustration in his rookie season as some players do in their entire careers, and he took it all in with a huge grin.
Photo: Forward Linden Vey is one of several Los Angeles Kings prospects to make his NHL debut during the 2013-14 season. Vey appeared in 18 games for the Kings. (courtesy of Fred Kfoury/Icon SMI)
Below is the 21-30 segment of the Hockey's Future 2014 Spring 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 are listed. To be eligible, a prospect must meet HF's prospect criteria. The ranking is done twice a year, with this edition being an update to the Fall ranking. For reference, each team's previous rank is listed in parenthesis.
Photo: Sean Kuraly had a breakout sophomore season for Miami in 2013-14, finishing third on the team with 29 points in 38 games (courtesy of Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images)
In recent years, the San Jose Sharks have become big-time players in the NCAA. Not only have they been victors in the free agent signing frenzy for the past few seasons, adding significant pieces to their prospect pool, but they seem to be drafting an increased number of young players choosing to take the college route for their developmental needs, especially in the later rounds of the draft.