After giving up their first round draft pick in 2016, the Sharks have a chance to restock the cupboard in the upcoming draft in the most Doug Wilson way possible: With late picks. San Jose has nine picks in the 2017 draft and a whopping five of them are in the sixth or seventh rounds.
The Sharks acquired another seventh round pick on Tuesday by trading Tommy Wingels, bringing their total of seventh round picks to three. San Jose already held two sixth rounders and has only given up one 2017 pick, its second rounder, in last year’s trade with Toronto.
Here’s the full breakdown of Sharks picks for 2017:
1st (1), 3rd (1), 4th (1), 5th (1), 6th (2), 7th (3)
That looks pretty darn good considering the Sharks’ success in the late rounds of the draft. From Joe Pavelski to Kevin Labanc, San Jose has found more than its fair share of gems late in the draft and could do so again in 2017. The Sharks have five picks in 2018 (they gave up their second and third rounders) and hold all of their picks with no extras in 2019.
The draft is still a long ways off, but it never hurts to be prepared.