The other day, I was mentioning to Wilson that the draft's first day (June 26) will be quiet for him because the Sharks don't have a first round pick. "Yet," Wilson said. Hmmmmmm.
The other day, I was mentioning to Wilson that the draft's first day (June 26) will be quiet for him because the Sharks don't have a first round pick.
"Yet," Wilson said.
Whether or not this happens is up for debate, but with the draft looming at the end of this month it's a good excuse to take a look back at San Jose's previous selections. The frustrating thing about the NHL's draft when compared to the NFL is twofold: a) it doesn't get as much publicity (which is a problem hockey has to deal with in all aspects surrounding the game) and b) the pool of players can come from anywhere in the world, as opposed to solely American college games (which you can theoretically watch every Saturday).
Anyways, back to Purdy's article. Straying away from the possible players who would yield such a return*, let's take a quick meat and potatoes look at the first round draft history of San Jose beginning from 2000.
*Feel free to add your own possibilities in the comments- looking at the current roster it would seem that Thornton, Marleau, Nabokov, Boyle, (and possibly Setoguchi, Pavelski, Michalek) are the lone rangers who could get San Jose there in a non-package deal.
For the notable players portion of this, those included have to be after the Sharks selection and within 30 or so picks. For example, if the Sharks drafted with the 15th overall pick, the notable players would have to be drafted around the 45th pick of the draft or earlier.
Sharks Selection: None
Sharks Selection: Marcel Goc, #20 overall
Notable Selections Following: Derek Roy (32), Mike Cammalleri (49)
Sharks Selection: Mike Morris, #27 overall
Notable Selections Following: Jarret Stoll (36), Josh Harding (38), Duncan Keith (54)
Sharks Selection: Milan Michalek, #6 overall, Steve Bernier #16 overall
Notable Selections Following: Dion Phaneuf (9), Dustin Brown (13), Brent Seabrook (14), Zach Parise (17), Ryan Getzlaf (19), Mike Richards (24)
Sharks Selection: Lukas Kaspar, #22 overall
Notable Selections Following: Mike Green (29), Dave Bolland (32), David Booth (53)
Sharks Selection: Devin Setoguchi, #8 overall
Notable Selections Following: Anze Kopitar (11), TJ Oshie (24), Andrew Cogliano (25)
Sharks Selection: Ty Wishart, #16 overall
Notable Selections Following: Claude Giroux (22), Patrik Berglund (25)
Sharks Selection: Logan Couture #9 overall, Nick Petrecki #28 overall
Notable Selections Following: Too early to tell
Sharks Selection: None
From 2005 on, it seems as if the Sharks have drafted well in the early rounds. Vlasic was picked in the second during 05, and while Wishart was dealt to Tampa Bay along with Matt Carle, it resulted in landing Dan Boyle. Couture and Petrecki are well on their way to becoming contributors at the NHL level, as well as providing some interesting mugshot photos:
Couture: "Oh man, I just pooped my pants"
Petrecki: "Dear God that smells awful"
2003 was the most insane draft you'll ever see. Michalek and Bernier for Seabrook and Getzlaf looks mighty good right now.