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
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)
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.
Sophomore Isaac MacLeod is the youngest among Boston College's top six defensemen this season. He is also the lone underclassman on the Eagles blue line. The San Jose Sharks prospect has been paired with senior Edwin Shea for much of the season. MacLeod has played in all 44 games thus far for Boston College and has posted six points (all assists).
Another draft has been completed, and it was one that made formulating a top ten list quite for the Sharks difficult. However, after much deliberation, using many different sources and opinions, I have finally come up with a top ten that I am comfortable with.
While the player’s abilities is the key deciding factor, other factors such as experience at a certain level, how NHL-ready a player is, and intangibles (IE: height, weight, etc) take a part at times, particularly after the fifth selection where any of ten players could be anywhere from 6th through 15th.
Look for in depth player evaluations of all key Sharks prospects to come in the next week or so here at hockeysfuture.
1st: Jonathan Cheechoo-RW/LW
This was the only easy selection. Of all Sharks prospects Cheechoo is the most ready for the NHL, has successfully played at all levels of competition, and simply has the most talent at this point of his career than anyone else in the Sharks system.
Cheechoo played significant time at left wing last season for Cleveland of the AHL, which he may need to do again next season if he has a chance of cracking the Sharks lineup. While his natural position is right wing, he will have a tough time earning ice time with Teemu Selanne, Owen Nolan and Nik Sundstrom all entrenched in their spots on the right. However, with only Scott Thornton and Adam Graves with solid positions on the left (Marco Sturm also plays on the left, but is often at center), that could give Cheechoo an opportunity.
Cheechoo will start off like all Shark rookies start Read more»