Too often we treat general manager decisions as a zero-sum game. Good general managers make mistakes and poor ones can make great picks or trades. Doug Wilson has consistently put the San Jose Sharks in a position to be competitive and as such is well deserving of the honor of being inducted into the San Jose Sports Hall of Fame.
Wilson is the fourth member of the Sharks organization to be inducted into the Hall. Owen Nolan was most recently recognized (2014) while Arturs Irbe (2010) and George Gund III (2008) were previously added to the Hall. Wilson has served as the general manager of the San Jose Sharks since May of 2003.
Since being made the general manager, the Sharks have experienced unprecedented success. It was under Wilson’s leadership that the Sharks traded for Joe Thornton, drafted Joe Pavelski and Logan Couture and made the shrewd pick up of Martin Jones last summer.
The Sharks have also played in three Western Conference Finals since then and one Stanley Cup Final. While they haven’t managed to bring home the Cup, Wilson has routinely built a team that is good enough to be considered in the hunt for hockey’s greatest trophy.
There’s certainly been bad moves, too. 2014 stands out as a black mark on an otherwise impressive resume and adding players like Mike Brown, John Scott and Scott Hannan have hurt the team in the name of adding size or grit. Still, these blind spots don’t negate the positives Wilson has brought to San Jose over the years.
He’s by far the best general manager the Sharks have ever had and he’s well deserving of being inducted into the Hall. Congratulations, Doug.