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

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Prospect Criteria

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Playing in N.A. Pro (NHL, AHL, ECHL, etc.)
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Playing in Europe
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League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Fredrik Bergvik Europe 6.5 D
2. Aaron Dell Pro 6.5 D
3. Troy Grosenick Pro 6.0 C
4. J.P. Anderson Pro 5.5 B
5. Joel Rumpel Pro 5.5 C

Right Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Nikolay Goldobin Europe 7.5 C
2. Kevin Labanc CHL 7.0 D
3. Eriah Hayes Pro 6.5 C
4. Daniil Tarasov Pro 6.5 F
5. Alex Schoenborn CHL 6.0 D
6. Max Gaede NCAA 3.0 B
7. Chris Crane Pro 3.0 C

Left Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Nikita Jevpalovs CHL 7.0 D
2. Gabryel Boudreau CHL 6.5 D
3. Emil Galimov Europe 6.5 F
4. Barclay Goodrow Pro 6.0 B
5. Petter Emanuelsson Pro 6.0 D
6. Dylan Sadowy CHL 6.0 D


League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Chris Tierney Pro 7.5 C
2. Dan O'Regan NCAA 7.5 D
3. Rourke Chartier CHL 7.5 D
4. Noah Rod Europe 6.5 C
5. Ryan Carpenter Pro 6.5 D
6. Sean Kuraly NCAA 6.0 B
7. Colin Blackwell NCAA 4.0 B
8. Jake Jackson Junior 2.0 C


League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Mirco Mueller Pro 7.5 C
2. Dylan DeMelo Pro 7.0 C
3. Konrad Abeltshauser Pro 7.0 C
4. Michael Brodzinski NCAA 7.0 C
5. Julius Bergman CHL 7.0 C
6. Alexis Vanier CHL 6.0 C
7. Joakim Ryan NCAA 6.0 D
8. Gage Ausmus NCAA 5.5 C
9. Cliff Watson NCAA 4.0 C

Collegiate prospects dominate Sharks prospect awards

by David Thicke
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)
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San Jose Sharks gamble paid off at the 2007 Draft

by David Thicke
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.
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Isaac MacLeod enjoying breakout sophomore campaign

by DJ Powers

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).

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San Jose Sharks Top Ten Prospects

by Mike Delfino

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.

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Sharks 2002 draft review

by Mike Delfino

The 2002 NHL Entry Draft was certainly an interesting one for the San Jose Sharks, headed by GM Dean Lombardi and Director of Amateur Scouting Tim Burke
With seven picks in the draft, the Sharks chose five players from the US, a highly unusual route. In 2000, the Sharks went with a rather unusual theme, selecting Marcel Goc, Christian Ehrhoff and Dimitri Patzold, all out of Germany. In 1999, the Sharks went with the college theme, selecting Jeff Jillson, Willie Levesque, and Niko Dimitrakos. So far, both of those “theme drafts” have turned out positive for the Sharks.

Whether or not the high school theme of 2002 will enjoy the same success is impossible to tell from the outset.

Name: Mike Morris
Draft Spot: 1st Round: 27th Overall
Position: Right Wing
Shoots: Right
Size: 6’1” 185 pounds
DOB: 07-14-1983
CSS Final Rank: 57th among North American Skaters
Last Year’s Team: St. Sebastian High School (Massachusetts.) Read more»

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