The 2020 NHL Draft is in the books and the San Jose Sharks added nine prospects to their pool. General manager Doug Wilson traded the Sharks’ own first-round selection (No. 3 overall) to the Ottawa Senators in the Erik Karlsson deal.
Here is a breakdown of the nine picks:
- Just three of the forwards the Sharks selected are centers.
- Four are from Canada; the United States, Russia, Sweden and the Czech Republic are also represented.
- Six are right-handed shooters, three are lefties.
- The Sharks had four picks in the seventh round. They took three over-agers with those picks.
- They selected six players under 6-foot tall. Four of them were selected in the first four rounds.
-2020 Sharks Draft List-
PICK 31: OZZY WIESBLATT, RIGHT WING
Team: Prince Albert Raiders (WHL) | Nationality: CAN | Age: 18 | Ht: 5-10 | Wt: 183 | Shoots: R | TSN Ranking: 40 | 2019-20 Stats: 64 GP, 25 G, 45 A
PICK 38: THOMAS BORDELEAU, CENTER
Team: USNTDP | Nationality: USA | Age: 18 | Ht: 5-9 | Wt: 179 | Shoots: L | TSN Ranking: 51 | 2019-20 Stats: 47 GP, 16 G, 30 A
PICK 56: TRISTEN ROBINS, RIGHT WING
Team: Saskatoon Blades (WHL) | Nationality: CAN | Age: 18 | Ht: 5-10 | Wt: 183 | Shoots: R | TSN Ranking: 82 | 2019-20 Stats: 62 GP, 33 G, 40 A
PICK 76: DANIIL GUSHCHIN, LEFT WING
Team: Muskegon Lumberjacks (USHL) | Nationality: RUS | Age: 18 | Ht: 5-8 | Wt: 165 | Shoots: L | TSN Ranking: 61 | 2019-20 Stats: 42 GP, 22 G, 25 A
PICK 98: BRANDON COE, RIGHT WING
Team: North Bay Battalion (OHL) | Nationality: CAN | Age: 18 | Ht: 6-3 | Wt: 185 | Shoots: R | TSN Ranking: 65 | 2019-20 Stats: 60 GP, 25 G, 32 A
PICK 196: ALEX YOUNG, CENTER
Team: Canmore Eagles (AJHL) | Nationality: CAN | Age: 19 | Ht: 5-11 | Wt: 181 | Shoots: R | Futre Considerations Ranking: 176 | 2019-20 Stats: 53 GP, 36 G, 46 A
PICK 201: ADAM RASKA, WINGER
Team: Rimouski Océanic (QMJHL) | Nationality: CZE | Age: 19 | Ht: 5-10 | Wt: 168 | Shoots: R | Future Considerations Ranking: 171 | 2019-20 Stats: 35 GP, 13 G, 8 A
PICK 206: LINUS OBERG, CENTER
Team: Orebro HC (J20 SuperElit) | Nationality: SWE | Age: 20 | Ht: 6-0 | Wt: 203 | Shoots: R | Unranked | 2019-20 Stats: 11 GP, 12 G, 6 A
PICK 210: TIMOFEY SPITSEROV, RIGHT WING
Team: Culver Military Academy Prep (USHS-Prep) | Nationality: RUS | Age: 18 | Ht: 6-0 | Wt: 181 | Shoots: L | NA Central Scouting Ranking: 160 | 2019-20 Stats: 40 GP, 49 G, 27 A
Here is how the experts graded San Jose’s draft:
ESPN’s Chris Peters gives the Sharks a B+
One thing you can always expect from the Sharks is their taking bets on upside — and did they ever in this draft. San Jose prioritized skill and ceiling without worrying about size. That started with its first-rounder, Ozzy Wiesblatt, and continued into the second round with Thomas Bordeleau and Tristen Robbins. Wiesblatt can make plays at speed and brings fantastic hand skills to the table. Bordeleau is creative with the puck, and Robbins’ hockey sense stands out (though his skating is a worry).
Meanwhile, the Sharks landed one of the most naturally skilled players in the draft at 76th overall with Danil Gushchin and then got 6-foot-4 size on the wing in Brandon Coe in the fourth round. With Doug Wilson Jr. running the scouting, this is a team unafraid to take chances, and I liked a lot of the swings the Sharks took this year.
The Athletic’s Corey Pronman gives the Sharks a B-
The Sharks didn’t pick until 31. Their first five picks — Ozzy Wiesblatt, Thomas Bordeleau, Tristen Robins, Daniil Guschin and Brandon Coe — will play in the NHL or have quality chances to make it. They didn’t get the impact talent, but they added quality depth to their pipeline.
Bleacher Report’s Timothy Rapp gives the Sharks a B-
How do you grade San Jose’s draft?