The Sharks first pick in the 2016 draft doesn’t come until No. 60. Assuming they keep the pick, this will be the first time San Jose has ever selected 60th overall. Here’s a look back at what the Sharks have done with picks in a similar placement (55-65) over the years.
San Jose has taken seven players between the 55th and 65th picks over the years — let’s go in chronological order, starting with the first.
Ville Peltonen (No. 58, 1993)
Peltonen played eight seasons in the NHL over the span of 13 years. He only played two with the San Jose Sharks, adding up 18 points in 59 games while wearing teal. The left winger eventually went on to play with Anaheim before leaving the NHL. He played in Finland, Switzerland and Russia before returning to the league to play with the Florida Panthers.
Marko Makinen (No. 64, 1995)
Makinen never played in the NHL, but spent a long professional career in Finland. He played 469 games in Liiga, tallying 104 points in that time. Makinen only played 26 games in the AHL and notched just two points.
Terry Friesen (No. 55, 1996)
Friesen didn’t play in the NHL and bopped around the minor leagues until calling it a career after the 2005-06 season. The goaltender played in eight AHL games.
Eric Lapante (No. 65, 1998)
While Lapante never played in an NHL game, the left winger continues to play in the fight-heavy LNAH in Quebec. He played only one season between 2005-2015, also in the LNAH, but prior to that competed in the AHL for three seasons. He tallied 52 points in 216 AHL games.
Justin Daniels (No. 62, 2008)
After playing four-straight years in the ECHL (2012-15) it appears Daniels has called it a career as he didn’t play during the 2016 seasons. While in the ECHL, Daniels tallied 37 points in 82 games.
Taylor Doherty (No. 57, 2009)
Doherty played three full seasons with the Worcester Sharks, but last season spent most of his time with the ECHL club Rapid CIty Rush. From there, the Rush loaned him out to the Toronto Marlies for 12 games where he tallied three points. His status for next year remains unknown. Doherty was called up to the Sharks in 2014 but never played.
Chris Tierney (No. 55, 2012)
The only NHL player the Sharks have gotten with a pick this deep in the draft, Tierney solidified his spot with San Jose this season. In 122 regular NHL games, Tierney has 41 points. In his first postseason, Tierney added nine points in 24 contests and, in my opinion, played the best hockey of his young career. I’m excited to see what Tierney will bring to the table next season.
The odds of the Sharks No. 60 pick turning into an NHL player are slim, but with an outside chance of San Jose getting another Chris Tierney there’s reason to be hopeful.