2006 Draft provided San Jose Sharks with depth and assets

By Kyle West
Photo: Jamie McGinn is the only 2006 draft pick by the San Jose Sharks who has played more than one season in the NHL. (Photo courtesy of www.ontariohockeyleague.com)

Trading up three times on draft day, the San Jose Sharks acquired six players in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, only two of which are still with the organization. Those two, left wingers Jamie McGinn and John McCarthy, are remarkably similar checking line wingers.

Ty Wishart, D, Prince George (WHL) – 1st round, 16th overall
NHL Status: Prospect
NHL Games: 5

Trading up to the 16th overall position, the Sharks selected Ty Wishart, only the second defenseman taken in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. A big-body and a fluid skating style made Wishart high on the wish-lists of NHL GMs and the Sharks were pleased to be the ones to add him to their roster of prospects.

Fast forward five years and Wishart has been traded twice, most recently to the NY Islanders where now suits up for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Part of the package that brought Dan Boyle to the Sharks from Tampa Bay, Wishart played his five games in the NHL for the Lightning in 2009 before being dealt for veteran goalie Dwayne Roloson earlier this month.

The season following the draft, Wishart led the Prince George Cougars on a lengthy playoff run and had somewhat of a breakout year offensively with 11 goals and 49 points in 62 regular season games. Traded to the Moose Jaw Warriors, a contender in the WHL, Wishart was expected to be a key piece in the Warriors playoff run, however that ambition fizzled out after just six games.

Traded to the Lightning in the 2008 off-season, Wishart played 61 games for the Norfolk Admirals in 2008-09 in the AHL, scoring just once. In 2009-10 he began to show signs of being able to assert himself as a minor-pro with nine goals and 32 points in 76 games for the Admirals. Pressing for another look in the NHL this year, Wishart now finds himself in a rebuilding organization with a much more open depth-chart on defense. The trade to the Islanders represents his best chance to earn a more permanent place in the NHL in the near future.

Jamie McGinn, LW, Ottawa (OHL) – 2nd round, 36th overall
NHL Status: NHL Player
NHL Games: 142

With their second selection in the 2006 draft, the Sharks obtained a character player with energy and determination who, as an added bonus, also happened to be the linemate and friend for their 2007 first rounder, current Calder Trophy candidate Logan Couture. Starring on the top line for the Ottawa 67s, Couture counted on his winger Jamie McGinn to work the boards and drive the net for him as well as step in if anyone tried to take liberties with the young star. McGinn in turn benefitted with a 46 goal season in 2006-07.

Assigned to the Worcester Sharks of the AHL, McGinn continued to meet his challenges head on and his hard work was rewarded with a call-up and his first NHL goal in 2008. Scoring 10 goals in 59 games with the Sharks last season, McGinn was also a mainstay during the Sharks long playoff run, providing valuable service on the checking lines.

James DeLory, D/W, Oshawa (OHL) – 4th round, 98th overall
NHL Status: Bust
NHL Games: 0

In the fourth round the Sharks drafted a project defenseman in 6’5 James De Lory, recently converted to D after learning the game as a forward. The rangy defenseman had led the Oshawa Generals, one of the worst teams in the OHL, in scoring by a blueliner in his draft year and showed good leadership qualities.

The following year DeLory began to hurt his team with indiscipline, highlighted by an eight-game suspension after a spearing incident. His point totals also dropped over his next two years with Oshawa, even though he was converted back to a winger in his overage season.

Signed as a free agent by the Florida Panthers, DeLory now toils in the ECHL as a throwback winger with size and toughness, but with no progression on his skating or lack of discipline.

Ashton Rome, RW, Kamloops (WHL) – 5th round, 143rd overall
NHL Status: Bust
NHL Games: 0

Drafted by two different organizations, Ashton Rome was thrown back into the draft pool in 2006 after failing to come to terms with the Boston Bruins, who had taken him in the fourth round in 2004.

Five years on, Rome is the epitome of a minor-pro journeyman, having played for five different teams in the AHL and ECHL. Currently a third-liner with the Hershey Bears, Rome plays a crash and bang style that allows him to stay within his limitations.

John McCarthy, LW, Boston University (NCAA) – 7th round, 202nd overall
NHL Status: Prospect
NHL Games: 30

A character player, McCarthy brings his lunch box to the rink and plays with energy, focus and determination. Not particularly gifted or flashy, McCarthy excels at the grinding side of the game and takes pride in doing the dirty work.

A co-captain of the Terriers NCAA championship, their first since 1995, McCarthy was vital on the penalty kill and worked tirelessly along the boards. Voted the "Unsung Hero" of the championship-winning team, McCarthy turned heads as a rookie pro in the AHL with 15 goals and 42 points in 74 games. Part of the "Black Aces" squad that trained with the Sharks through the playoff run last season, McCarthy won a spot to start the year with the Sharks and celebrated his first two goals in the NHL.

Currently on the sidelines due to injury, McCarthy is a valuable asset as an energy player who competes at all ends of the ice.

Jay Barriball, LW, Sioux Falls (USHL) – 7th round, 203rd overall
NHL Status: Prospect
NHL Games: 0

Traded the same year he was drafted, Jay Barriball was dealt to the St. Louis Blues as part of the deal to bring Bill Guerin to the Sharks. The pint-sized winger with the big shot has been an offensive dynamo for the University of Minnesota and one of the key players on the Golden Gophers roster. Actually in his fifth year with the Gophers, Barriball was red-shirted in his senior year due to injury and has returned for one more season with the program.

A scoring leader for the Gophers throughout his college career, Barriball was drafted after a season in which he dominated the Minnesota elite high-school circuit and also managed 12 points in 13 games with Sioux Falls of the USHL. A runner-up for the Mr. Hockey award given to the best high-school player in
the state, Barriball typifies the tireless "rink-rat" type who lives for hockey and refuses to hear the naysayers who predict his 5’9 frame won’t stand up to the game.

A valuable trade asset for the Sharks, fans of his game will anticipate the speedy winger turning some heads within the Blues organization when he turns pro next year.