The Sharks entered the draft with only four picks, but through a series of trades, finished with eight.
The Sharks also received a seventh rounder (188th overall) from Atlanta for facilitating a deal between the Thrashers and Blackhawks. This was done by taking two minor-league players with expiring deals off of Atlanta's books, keeping the Thrashers compliant with the CBA's limit of 50 NHL contracts.
Finally, San Jose shipped their seventh round pick in 2011 to the Pittsburgh Penguins for a seventh rounder this season (200th overall).
Charlie Coyle, RW - South Shore Kings (EJHL)
1st Round, 28th Overall
San Jose was looking to add size on the wing, and they weren't picky about where it came from.
Coyle is a solidly-built center/right-wing from the Eastern Junior Hockey League. With the South Shore Kings, he posted 21 goals, 42 assists, and 60 penalty minutes in 42 games. For his efforts, the 18-year-old was named Rookie of the Year, as well as the recipient of the John Carlton outstanding student-athlete award.
With good up-and-down speed, aggressiveness, and soft hands, Coyle will be given time to develop into a power-forward role. Following in the footsteps of his cousin and former NHLer Tony Amonte, Coyle is slated to attend Boston University next year.
While strong on his skates, Coyle will work on his quickness and acceleration, which could determine if he is a future offensive contributor or a checking forward.
Max Gaede, RW - Woodbury (Minnesota H.S.)
3rd Round, 88th Overall
Minnesota high-school forward Max Gaede is a big, aggressive winger who plays with an edge. The 18-year-old uses his large frame as an instrument of fear, but does so wisely, as his relatively few penalty minutes would indicate.
At home along the boards and cycling in the offensive zone, Gaede could develop into a power forward, as he does have some goal-scoring ability. Though, as with most potential power forwards, Gaede will have to add a gear to his skating to take his game to the next level. Through 25 games with Woodbury, Gaede posted a respectable 19 goals, 17 assists and 36 penalty minutes.
After finishing his high school career, Gaede joined the Sioux City Musketeers of the USHL and through 11 games, posted a goal and assist. He is scheduled to play with the Musketeers full-time for 2010-11 before going to Minnesota State University, for which he is committed to for the 2011-12 season.
Cody Ferriero, C, Governor's Academy (Mass. H.S.)
5th Round, 127th Overall
The younger brother of Shark prospect Benn Ferriero, 18-year-old Cody plays a similar style, although with an even bigger chip on his shoulder.
With a bit of filling-out, Ferriero projects as an aggressive checking forward; able to pin opponents in their own zone, while contributing a bit on the scoresheet. Through 27 games with Governor’s Academy, Ferriero posted 21 goals, 19 assists, and 112 penalty minutes.
He is scheduled to attend Boston College in 2010-11.
A smart and all-around complete player, Freddie Hamilton, a former midget hockey scoring machine, has developed his game to the point where he is versatile enough to be used in all situations, whether at center or on the wing.
In his second season with Niagara, Hamilton posted 25 goals, 30 assists, and only 12 penalty minutes in 64 games. His 55 points were third on the team.
A disciplined and academically accomplished young man, with continued development Hamilton’s versatility and all-around game will be his ticket to the pro leagues.
Isaac MacLeod, D - Penticton Vees (BCHL)
5th Round, 136th Overall
Slated to join Cody Ferriero at Boston College next season, Isaac MacLeod possesses the raw physical tools to succeed at the next level, but his limited ice-time in the BCHL did not allow for rapid development. When pushed into a bigger role, the towering rearguard responded positively, playing a simple game and utilizing his size to his advantage. He finished the season with zero goals, 23 assists, and 51 penalty minutes through 56 games.
Described as a good skater, MacLeod is still a project, as are many 18-year-olds of his size. His modest offensive totals seem to indicate that he projects as a defensive defenseman, but until he receives regular ice-time, that question remains up in the air.
Another huge defenseman, Albeltshauser is much more offensively-minded than MacLeod. Playing on an awful Halifax team, the former first-round pick in the MJHL Import Draft still managed to contribute, finishing seventh in team scoring with five goals and 20 assists. Facing the same learning curve faced by other tall, lanky defensemen, Albeltshauser will have to better use his size in his own zone, and work on taking more than the 59 shots he registered in 2009-10.
Chosen for the German entries at both the U-18 and U-20 tournaments, the 17-year-old acquitted himself well, with 15 points in a combined 10 games.
Lee Moffie, D - University of Michigan (CCHA)
7th Round, 188th Overall
Former Waterloo Blackhawk Lee Moffie enjoyed a decent freshman season at U of M, contributing four goals, eight assists, and 27 penalty minutes in a limited offensive role.
Moffie is an excellent skater, whose forté is transitioning the puck out of his own zone and rushing up-ice. Not especially physical, the 19-year-old will need to work on his defensive zone coverage to make himself a more complete player, but the talent is there. Moffie could also stand to increase his intensity level, as he doesn't always play as focused as he could.
Another few years with Red Berensons's Wolverines should help fill the holes in the young defenseman's game.
Chris Crane is a scrappy, grinding winger who embraces his role as an agitator, but is also not afraid to drop the gloves if need be. Not especially big, the forward nonetheless uses his fearlessness to irritate opposition to no end. Through 52 games with the Gamblers, Crane posted 107 penalty minutes and seven fights, both good for third on the team. Never going to be a top-six contributor offensively, Crane does have some offensive ability as evidenced by the 15 goals and 14 assists he posted.
The 18-year-old Crane will face less punches, but better competition, next year when he moves on to play for the Ohio State University Buckeyes.