Photo: London Knights center Chris Tierney, finding the back of the net at the best pace of his junior career, is tied for the team lead with 13 goals in 2013-14 (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)
The San Jose Sharks junior prospect pool features five, up and coming prospects of various pedigree. Some have a plethora of skill, some of grit but what remains consistent in all of them is that they are good character kids in and around the rink and have something to prove to the naysayers; a staple for Sharks prospects.
Photo: Center Freddie Hamilton is just one of the prospects with San Jose’s AHL affiliate in Worcester with the potential to fill a complementary role in the NHL (courtesy of Scott W. Grau/Icon SMI)
Last season, San Jose Sharks General Manager Doug Wilson spoke adamantly about how the team would be going through a refresh rather than a restart. He would add small doses of youth along the way instead of tearing down his veteran squad for a full-fledged rebuild.
Photo: The Sharks have two of their top forward prospects turning pro in 2013-14: Tomas Hertl (pictured) and Matt Nieto (courtesy of Rocky Widner/Getty Images)
The San Jose Sharks have notoriously been known as having one of the worst prospect pools in all of hockey. Yet season after season new faces from the farm make waves and the depth charts are refreshed and they remain in the hunt.
Photo: The Sharks traded up two spots to the 18th pick to select Mirco Mueller, who shouldered a heavy load on the Everett Silvertips blue line after Ryan Murray was lost to injury (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)
The San Jose Sharks entered the 2013 NHL Draft with high optimism and eight picks in what many were describing as a very deep draft class, filled with players who could make a real impact. In fact, it is quite often compared to the 2003 draft, which gave rise to many of the stars of today. With an already improved prospect pool, along with four of the first 58 picks in the draft, the Sharks pipeline was looking as well stocked as it ever has and primed to become one of those pools other organizations marvel over.