Did the Sharks lose the draft?

Per Puck Daddy (Wyshynski and Leahy), the Sharks were one of the losers at the draft:

LOSER: San Jose Sharks

The Sharks were in on Cam Talbot and missed out after he was dealt to Edmonton. They then dealt the negotiating rights to Antti Niemi to Dallas. “As we look at it, there are more goalies than teams,” said GM Doug Wilson. “And there are more people available in discussions than you guys hear about.” So what does he do now? He didn’t rule out bringing Niemi back should he fail to sign with the Stars. But with all the goalies on the move this weekend, San Jose failed to snag one. Maybe Wilson can give Bob Murray a call. He’s got three NHL-level ones in Anaheim now.

Really? The Sharks “lost” the draft? I guess it really comes down to whether their expectations were met at the draft.  (BTW, Boston has a bunch NHL-caliber goalies, too.  Just sayin’.)

(As the Sharks seem to be extremely tight lipped regarding trade discussions I really have to wonder if this isn’t just a sour-grapes strike against the organization that does not telegraph in details all it’s actions to the press hours/days/weeks/months in advance.  Most of the “news” regarding potential movement seems to be coming out of the other side of the conversation, not from team teal.  GM Wilson does not discuss the conversations he has with other general managers.)

I agree that the Sharks did not check off their off season list, which still includes:

And more than two months left to accomplish those items before training camp.

But the main goal for this week was that the Sharks needed most of their draft picks to keep the pipeline stocked.  And they accomplished that (without mortgaging the future:  leaving picks intact, for the most part, in future seasons).

The Sharks were rumored to have kicked the tires on a lot of trade deals.  Bieksa (fell through as the Sharks did not want to give up their 2015 2nd).  Talbot (went to Edmonton).  (And those are just the one that news leaked about.)  The Sharks traded away Niemi (who looks like he’s just about got a deal done with the Stars), and picked up a defensive prospect at the draft.

Although the Sharks GM Wilson knows you have to pay to get, he’s not desperate to get his deals done at the draft.  He indicated that a lot of conversations that started this past week that will continue.

I would declare, as far as the draft went, the Sharks suceeded.  They drafted nine players, adding some needed depth.

First, they picked up two goalie prospects (Robinson, Kupsky).  (And re-signed Grosenick. That’s two signed goalies for the upcoming season.  Need at least four, so there will be more.  There are two RFA goalies that could be re-signed.)

Second, they added three blueline prospects (Roy, Cukste, Parsells).

Third, they drafted four forwards (Meier, Helewka, Balcers, Vela).

However, with any draft, it’s really hard to know how WELL a team does with its picks until five to ten years down the road.

But to declare the Sharks a loser because they don’t have a shiny, new clear cut #1 goalie before the UFA period starts?  Irresponsible, click baiting, FUD.

Let’s see where the Sharks’ roster is after Labor Day before making pronouncements that their season is doomed.

Sharks Draft – day 2 (Roy, Robinson, Helewka, Cukste, Balcers, drafted; McNally acquired, Niemi traded)

Sharks get #86 pick for compensation from Edmonton for McLellan signing

Sharks trade up to pick D Jeremy Roy at 31st.
SJSharks – Quick factsQuick QuizNHL Network interviewMedia interview | HockeyDB | SJ Merc | CSN Sharks | Gackle Report | AP | NHL

Sharks trade Niemi’s rights to Dallas for 193rd pick.
SJSharks | Sportsnet | NHL | NBC/PHT | CBS | ESPN | SJ Merc | CSN Sharks | NHL | Puck Daddy | AP

Dreger indicates that Bob Boughner will be named as assistant coach.
CSN Sharks | Yahoo

Sharks acquire Patrick McNally from Vancouver for #210 pick
Seems likely he’ll be in Barracuda line up this fall, if he signs.

Sharks select G Mike Robinson at 86
SJSharks – Quick factsQuick quizMedia interview | HockeyDB
Committed to UNH

Sharks select L Adam Helewka at 106
SJSharks – Quick facts | HockeyDB | KXLY | Spokane Chiefs

Sharks select D Karlis Cukste at 130
SJSharks – Announcement | HockeyDB

Sharks select L Rudolfs Balcers at 142
SJSharks – Quick facts | HockeyDB

Sharks select D Adam Parsells at 160
SJSharks – Quick factsQuick quizMedia interview | HockeyDB | WSAW | Wausau Daily Herald | WOAW (vid)
Committed to University of Wisconsin-Madison

Sharks select C Marcus Vela at 190
SJSharks – Quick facts | HockeyDB
Committed to University of New Hampshire

Sharks select G John Kupsky at 193
SJSharks – Quick facts | HockeyDB | Daily Gazette | Union College
Incoming freshman to Union College

Post draft wrap ups and more


SJ Merc

CSN Sharks

SF Chronicle: Sharks trade Niemi’s rights, move up to draft defenseman

Gackle Report: Sharks’ GM: ‘We Have Quite A Bit Of Work Still Ahead Of Us’

Puck Daddy/Wysh: San Jose Sharks GM targets ‘mystery goalies’ for trade

AP: Sharks still searching for starting goalie following draft

NBC/PHT: Stars say Niemi was top target, but still have faith in ‘elite’ Lehtonen

NHL: Notes from 2015 NHL Draft weekend

Concord Monitor: Future UNH players Vela, Robinson drafted by Sharks


Sharks Draft – day 1 (Timo Meyer)

Rumors earlier in the day that the Sharks would acquire Bieksa from Vancouver, but later word is the trade is dead.  (And may be total fabrication by parties rumor mongers.)

With the 9th pick, the Sharks selected Timo Meier from the QMJHL Halifax Mooseheads. He’s a friend and countryman of both Mirco Mueller and Noah Rod.

Video: Draft pick/analysis | Media interview | Wilson recap of day 1 | Meir quick quiz

News links:

SJSharks: Pick announcement | Quick facts

SJ Merc: Sharks select winger Timo Meier with ninth overall pick in draft

CSN Sharks: Sharks take winger Timo Meier in 2015 NHL Draft | Sharks rookie Meier already has friends in organization

Gackle Report: Timo Meier’s Power Game Should Compliment Sharks’ Skill At Forward

Hockey’s Future: San Jose Sharks add more Swiss to the mix with Timo Meier

Reuters: First Round recap

CBC/Halifax: Timo Meier, Halifax Mooseheads forward, drafted by the San Jose Sharks


Chronicle Herald

USA Today: NHL draft 2015: First-round picks, scouting reports
“San Jose Sharks – RW Timo Meier. His game is built on power and skill. Skates with a very wide, strong base and is impossible to knock off the puck. Physically he already looks like a man – has a thick, sturdy build and plays a heavy game. Takes the puck hard to net and has a heavy, accurate wrist shot. This season his offensive game has really taken off – he added more power and precision to his shot and made huge strides in his playmaking. Started seeing the ice better and using his linemates much more often to diversify his game. Vastly improved hockey sense. Showing more puck poise and vision. He is not fleet of foot, but he’s a bulldozer whose straight line speed allows him to get where he needs to go and is pretty solid laterally. Hard on his stick and his strength allows him maintain possession and cycle very effectively down low.”

USA Today: The winners, losers and strange moments from Day 1 of the NHL draft


  • First round pick-by-pick summary
    “The versatile Meier (6-foot-1, 209 pounds) is strong with or without the puck. His 44 goals and 23 power-play goals led the Mooseheads in the regular season. He ranked in the top 10 in goals (10) and points (21) in 14 games in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League playoffs. Meier also has experience skating with top players; with Switzerland at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship, his linemate was Nashville Predators forward Kevin Fiala, in Halifax his linemate was Winnipeg Jets top prospect Nikolaj Ehlers, and at the 2015 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game he played on a line with Connor McDavid.”
  • Notes from first round

Other news from draftland:

Report: Grosenick resigned – two year deal
CSN Sharks

DeBoer promises captain before start of season
CSN Sharks

Report: Karlsson resigned – two year deal
CSN Sharks  | NBC/PHT

Sharks add 3rd round pick
CSN Sharks
Compensation for McLellan signing; they have two picks (79, 86) – guessing it’ll be the latter.

Sharks Draft Party

I attended the Sharks draft party Friday evening.  Found a nice, relatively quiet corner and was able to watch (and sometimes listen) to the draft and activities.

Events were MC’d by Rusanowsky and Hahn.  Sharkie wandered around a few times.

Sharks alums Evgeni Nabokov, Dave Maley and Mike Ricci stopped by, talked about their draft experience (and signed some autographs).

Barracuda head coach Sommer and radio guy Lindquist were interviewed.  Sommer indicated the Barracuda have signed some players (which have not yet been announced).  Later, Lindquist indicated to me that he is in the process of finding a radio home for the Barracuda locally.

(I did win Bingo on one card handed out, but missed out onany raffle prices.)

Sharks/Barracuda news for week of 150621 (predraft)

Highlights: Salary cap set at $71.4m. Mock drafts galore. New contract for Dillon in the works. Schedule released; Sharks open on the road in LA, home opener against Anaheim. Brent Burns wins NHL Foundation Award.

For draft picks and stats of new picks, check out the 2015 draft page.

SJ Sharks draft preview

Mock Drafts

Sharks pre-draft news/trade/re-signing speculation

NHLPA: players talk about Vegas experience in advance of NHL Awards

6/21: Friedman’s 30 Thoughts
Lots of trade speculation

Former Shark Mathieu Darche (and brother) to be inducted into McGill Sports Hall of Fame – Montreal Gazette

Bay Today

6/23 – NHL: Salary Cap set at $71.4m

6/23: Puck Daddy (Cooper) – Can the San Jose Sharks trade their way out of rebuild mode this week?

6/23: Puck Daddy (Lambert) – How will Sharks GM Doug Wilson try to save his job now?

6/23: Agent indicates Sharks are working on new deal for Dillon
PHT | SJ Merc | CSN Sharks

6/22: Gackle Report – Will The Sharks Top Defensemen See More Ice Time Next Season?
Following the trends of the Stanley Cup winning team?

6/22: CSN Sharks – What went wrong: 2014-15 San Jose Sharks

6/23: NHL – Sharks’ Burns waits for moves, excited about DeBoer

6/24: SJSharks – Sharks Open Home Schedule Against Ducks
And season opener on the road against Kings
SJ Merc | CSN Sharks

6/24: NHL – Sharks’ Burns receives NHL Foundation Player Award
SJ Merc | SJ Sharks | Red carpet interview | Winning award

6/25: SJSharks – Sharks 2015-16 Regular Season Schedule Announced
CSN Sharks | SJ Merc | SF Chron | Gilroy Dispatch

6/25: Upper Michigan Source – Petan, Watson to be MTU Hockey Captains
Sharks draftee Cliff Watson one of the two co-captains for upcoming season

6/24: SF Chron – Sharks’ draft spot represents critical rebuilding moment

6/25: Times Colonist – Kraft Hockeyville game to Q Centre in Colwood BC

CSN Sharks

Sharks/Barracuda news for week of 150614

Highlights: Sharks affiliate ECHL Allen Americans win ECHL Kelly Cup. Chicago Blackhawks win Stanley Cup (former Shark Andrew Desjardins gets his first). Prospect Ausmus named UND captain. Sharks announce summer prospect scrimmage (7/9) and preseason schedule.  GM Wilson talks with press about upcoming draft, UFA status. Burish waived; Hannan, Scott not returning next season.

6/14: Friedman’s 30 Thoughts
Sharks notes – DeBoer thinks that the 2014 playoff issues continued into 14-15 season

6/14: NBC/PHT: Sharks ECHL affiliate Allen Americans wins Kelly Cup
Third straight title (last two in CHL before league merged)

6/14: SJMerc WTC: Allen Americans, the Sharks’ ECHL affiliate, win Kelly Cup

6/15: SJ Barracuda – Nine members of Kelly Cup winning Allen Americans played for Sharks AHL team

6/15: Wisconsin State Journal -Andy Baggot: Former UW hockey players Michael Mersch, Joel Rumpel taste success with pro affiliates

6/15: CSN Sharks – Sharks’ ECHL affiliate Allen Americans win Kelly Cup

6/16: NHL Hockey Futures Betting, Stanley Cup Odds & Lines at Bovada Sportsbook
Sharks at 40:1 to win 2016 Stanley Cup

6/16: ECHL represented on Stanley Cup champion for 15th straight year
Including Andrew Desjardins

6/16: NHL – Desjardins: It feels ‘awesome’ to be a champion
Desi blogged the last few rounds for NHL.com.  Some nice insights on what it means to be a player, etc.

6/16: CSN Sharks – Mailbag

6/17: Grand Forks Herald: UND HOCKEY: Gage Ausmus to be next UND captain

6/17: SJSharks – Sharks Prospects Summer Scrimmage is July 9
SJ Merc | CSN Sharks

6/18: SJSharks – Sharks Announce 2015 Preseason Schedule
SJ Merc | CSN Sharks | Gilroy Dispatch

6/18: SJSharks – Draft selection order

6/18: SJ Merc – Sharks reportedly have interest in New York Rangers goalie Cam Talbot

6/18: CSN Sharks – Sharks have interest in Talbot, but what would it take?

6/19: SJSharks – Roy Sommer to Serve as Barracuda Head Coach
And Mougenel as assistant, Townsend as video coordinator

6/19: WSAW – Joe Pavelski Talks Championship Game at Charity Golf Event

6/19: VanCity – Undrafted and Undeterred: A sit down with Surrey’s Brenden Dillon of the NHL’s San Jose Sharks

6/19: SJ Merc – Sharks waive Adam Burish, intend to buy out contact

6/19: SJ Merc – Sharks G.M. Wilson doesn’t rule out Niemi returning next season
Scott and Hannan not returning

6/19: SJ Merc WTC – Doug Wilson said he’s not moving No. 9 pick next week, but “you listen in this business”
And hinting that Nabokov might have a role in the organization going forward

6/19: CSN Sharks – Sharks to buy out Burish

6/19: CSN Sharks – Sharks notes: Scott, Hannan won’t return; could Niemi?

6/19: CSN Sharks – Roy Sommer to serve as head coach of San Jose Barracuda

6/19: Gackle – Adding Blue Line Depth A Priority For Sharks Heading Into Draft, Free Agency

6/19: Gackle – Rink Notes: Wilson Says Sharks Need To Add More Goalies

6/19: AP – Sharks to let UFAs Hannan, Scott walk
And other news like Burish waived, AHL coach, etc.

Sharks/Barracuda news for week of 150607

Highlights: Draft rumors and more.

6/6 NHL.com – Sharks’ work for 2015 NHL Draft is years in making

6/7 Sportsnet – Friedman – 30 thoughts
League looking at reducing goalie equipment (size); may be banning some type of shot blocking techniques.

6/8 NBC/PHT – Despite ‘win right now’ mentality, Sharks unlikely to shop No. 9 pick at draft

6/9 Comox Valley Echo: Kelly Hrudey named honorary colonel

6/11: SJSharks – Sharks to host draft party 6/26
“Despite owning the lowest average draft pick position (131st) over the past decade, the Sharks draft selections under General Manager Doug Wilson, Director of Scouting Tim Burke, and the Sharks scouting staff rank in the top-5 in nearly every significant category, including 1st in games played (7,232), 4th in goals (1,214), 5th in assists (1,822), and 5th in points (3,036).”

6/11: CSN Sharks: Report: Oates could join DeBoer’s Sharks staff

150418 – Entry Draft lottery

Saturday, about 5pm, the lottery winner will be revealed.

Based on their record, finishing 22nd, the Sharks have a 5% (1 in 20) chance of winning the lottery.  (83% to stay at 9th; 12% to step back to 10th)

Update: Edmonton wins the lottery.  Sharks retain #9 pick.

Sharks/NHL introduction

San Jose Mercury News

 Puck Daddy chirpin’

Why We Should Pray They Win Lottery: Because San Jose missing the playoffs for only the second time since 1997, and after getting reserve-swept last season by their arch rivals, would make winning the lottery the Sharkiest thing that ever Sharked.

Why We Should Pray They Don’t Win Lottery: We’d eventually like to see him hoist the Cup.

NHL draft lottery drawing (video)

Sharks: Sharks Slotted as Ninth Selection in 2015 Draft