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Fear the Prospects Part 1: Catching up on the Sharks 2016 draft class

As the end of the year approaches, we check in with the (mostly) non-professional members of the Sharks system.

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With the end of 2016 mercifully upon us, I’m taking a look at the players in the San Jose Sharks system that aren’t plying their trade in the Bay Area right now. That means a host of junior players, some college skaters and netminders and a handful of pro players getting things done overseas. I’ll be going back to 2014 over the next three days, so get ready to check in on some prospects you haven’t heard about for a bit.

Dylan Gambrell

Draft Year (Round): 2016 (2)

Team: Denver (NCAA)

Status Report: Gambrell more or less picked up where he left off in his freshman season. After scoring 47 points in 41 games last year he has 16 points in 14 contests this year and has already matched the 19 penalty minutes he took a season ago. If there’s a reason to be concerned, and there’s probably not, it’s that.

Noah Gregor

Draft Year (Round): 2016 (4)

Team: Moose Jaw (WHL)

Status Report: Gregor is starting to pick up steam in his first full season as an 18 year old in the Western Hockey League, as you’d expect. He has 45 points in 34 games after just barely getting above the point-per-game mark a season ago. I thought, and still do, that he was a steal in the fourth round.

Manuel Wiederer

Draft Year (Round): 2016 (5)

Team: Moncton (QMJHL)

Status Report: The Wildcats lost Conor Garland, who scored 128 points in 62 games last season, to the Arizona Coyotes’ AHL affiliate and Widerer has felt the effect of that. He’s at 30 points in 30 games this year, a small decline from his scoring rate a year ago, and his +/-, while meaningless, has taken a big hit.

Mark Shoemaker

Draft Year (Round): 2016 (6)

Team: North Bay (OHL)

Status Report: Shoemaker is the only OHL player on the list and as a defender isn’t going to blow your mind in terms of scoring. He’s only averaging .17 points per game with the Battalion over the past three years and my bet is his size (6’2”) is why he was drafted more than anything.

Joachim Blichfeld

Draft Year (Round): 2016 (7)

Team: Portland Winterhawks (WHL)

Status Report: The WHL isn’t the toughest of the junior leagues by any means, but Blichfeld is adjusting well to his first season of North American hockey. He’s averaging 0.90 points per game with the Winterhawks with 12 goals while bagging 16 assists. At just 18 years old, there’s plenty of ceiling available for the prospect to reach.

We’ll be back with 2015 tomorrow!