The Sharks only had five picks in the 2016 NHL Draft and all of them came on the second day of action. Still, the less-spectacular day of the two-day event provided plenty of new names for San Jose fans to digest. We’ve got write-ups on every player the Sharks drafted, which you can find links to below.
No. 60: Dylan Gambrell (C)
The Sharks went off the board with their first pick of the draft, taking a center who just completed his freshman year at the University of Denver. Gambrell played well with the Pioneers, but given this is his third draft-eligible year, you’ve got to think he’d be available later in the draft.
No. 111: Noah Gregor (C)
If you pretend the Sharks took Gregor with No. 60 and Gambrell with No. 111, things start to make a lot more sense. Gregor looks to be a fine forward prospect, scoring 73 points in 72 games with Moose Jaw of the Western Hockey League last year.
No. 150: Manuel Wiederer (C)
He scored well in the QMJHL ... which is to say he played in the QMJHL last year. Another player that’s a little on the old side can be taken two ways: on one hand, why is this guy still around if he’s this old? On the other ... if he ends up being good, he’ll be ready to play within a couple of years. I’ll choose to take the glass half full point of view. Why not.
No. 180 Mark Shoemaker (D)
A defender with size that doesn’t score much? You knew the Sharks would end up with one. Doug Wilson loves defenders with size and Shoemaker provides that. He stands at 6’2 and weighs 209 pounds as an 18 year old. Shoemaker will play with North Bay again next year.
No. 210 Joachim Blichfeld (LW/RW)
Blichfeld plays both wings and offers some impressive offensive capabilities. The Danish forward plays with the under20 Malmo Redhawks squad and it would bode well for his future in the NHl if he gets a call up to the senior team. As you’d expect from a guy taken in the seventh round, Blichfeld has some things to work on, most notably skating and defensive play. But this is a high upside pick — the kind of pick you like to see made late in the draft.