Photo: Sharks prospect Rudolfs Balcers and the Stavanger Oilers fell in the Champions Hockey League tournament but the Latvian star is on pace to shatter his league scoring totals (courtesy of Ocelari Trinec/Champions Hockey League via Getty Images)
With an underrated group of players at all levels of play, the 2015-16 San Jose Sharks prospect pool is easily one of the deepest collective systems in the league. On an individual front, there are many exciting stories and players to keep an eye on this upcoming season. Chris Tierney is on the cusp of becoming something truly special, Colin Blackwell eyes his first healthy season in years, and Mirco Mueller will be looking for a season of redemption.
Photo: Barrie Colts forward and San Jose Sharks prospect Kevin Labanc will try to improve on his breakout 2014-15 OHL season where he posted 31 goals and 107 points in 68 games (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
The Nylander family is in the news lately, and the youngest family member, Alex, just scored one of the prettiest goals of the year. Another family, the Strome’s, are making waves themselves, but again it’s youngest brother Matt that started the year off hot. There’s more, too, as top prospects in Tampa Bay and Winnipeg push for playing time just like the world-famous Hanson Brothers did. Read more»
Photo: San Jose Sharks prospect Timo Meier, the team’s first top ten draft pick since 2007, is part of a European talent influx into the organization (courtesy of Dennis Pajot/Getty Images)
Over the course of two off-seasons, the San Jose Sharks have vastly improved their prospect ranks. The once small and meager prospect pool has quietly evolved into a massive, shark-infested ocean.
While still lacking in true blue chip talent, this is without a doubt the strongest crop of players the Sharks have had in their system in the last ten seasons. But that comes as no surprise with the decline of the NHL roster and its recent playoff failings. After all, prospect pools and winning are typically inversely proportional.
Photo: Timo Meier nearly tripled his scoring in his second year with Halifax, making the Swiss power winger a logical selection at ninth overall (courtesy of Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)
After one of the worst franchise finishes in recent memory, the San Jose Sharks went into the 2015 NHL Draft with their highest selection since 2009. This was a big draft for the organization not only because of the quality of the 9th overall pick in this highly-touted draft class, but because of the sheer abundance of picks the team had to try and turn their tides of fortune around.
Photo: The San Jose Sharks looked to bolster their forward ranks with the selection of right winger Timo Meier from the Halifax Mooseheads at the 2015 NHL Draft (courtesy of Ken McKenna/Hf)
The Sharks used their first round pick in 2013 on Swiss defender Mirco Mueller, and a second round pick (53rd overall) in 2014 on Swiss forward Noah Rod so perhaps it should have come as less of a surprise that the Sharks ended up with Timo Meier, of the Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL). Meier put up 90 points this season as part of a line with Nikolaj Ehlers (WPG), but the Sharks are betting that the production is good evidence of his skill level and his versatility.