The San Jose Sharks are stocking the prospect cabinets in the second day of the 2020 NHL Entry Draft. The team was facing a gap between Round 2 and Round 5, but a series of swaps have seen the Sharks make a third- and fourth-round selection, as well.
In Round 6, the team is currently without a pick. Perhaps one of the seventh-round selections will be packaged off with a future pick to move up into the sixth round, especially since the two seventh-rounders are only separated by a handful of picks.
Small players have been the Sharks’ theme for today, taking four sub-6-foot prospects before taking 6-foot-3 Brandon Coe in the fourth round. The team has yet to select a defender or goaltender.
Here’s every pick the Sharks have made so far:
31. Ozzy Weisblatt, RW
38. Thomas Bordeleau, C
56. Tristen Robins, RW
76. Daniil Gushchin, LW
98. Brandon Coe, RW
2020 San Jose Sharks Draft
Up next: Round 5, pick 127
To San Jose Sharks: 196th pick, 206th pick
To New York Rangers: 127th pick
Up next: Round 7, pick 196
PICK 196: ALEX YOUNG, CENTER
Team: Canmore Eagles (AJHL) | Nationality: CAN | Age: 19 | Ht: 5-11 | Wt: 181 | Shoots: R | Futre Considerations Ranking: 176 | Stats: 53 GP, 36 G, 46 A
Draft Geek says:
Young is a natural goalscorer. From Bantam to Junior, his ability to put the puck in the net has never, and he can do it in a multitude of ways. He has an excellent hockey IQ to put himself in positions to succeed around the net and makes it easy for his teammates to find him whether it be in the high-slot or on the doorstep of the opposing netminder to tap it in. Even without the puck on his stuck, Young has a very dangerous player and is willing to get into the tough areas to get his name on the scoresheet. The Colgate commit posses a quick release which difficult for any defender attempting to shut him down. His goal scoring ability has shown up for the Eagles this season in some tough games with four against the Sherwood Park Crusaders and three against the Bonnyville Pontiacs – two of the best teams in the CJHL – which showcases his clutch traits.
Sharks acquired pick from New York Rangers, along with pick 206, in exchange for pick 127, used to draft Evan Vierling.
PICK 201: ADAM RASKA, WINGER
Team: Rimouski Océanic (QMJHL) | Nationality: CZE | Age: 19 | Ht: 5-10 | Wt: 168 | Shoots: R | Future Considerations Ranking: 171 | Stats: 35 GP, 13 G, 8 A
The Hockey Writers’ draft profile says:
Raska is the type of player who never gives up on a play. Whether he has the puck on his stick or he is chasing the play, he is always moving his feet. He has great instincts and is able to anticipate when it is the right time to make a play. Although he is not the biggest player on the ice, Raska loves to play a physical game. When the puck is in the corners, he is battling hard along the boards and is able to keep up with bigger opponents. His lower-body strength is solid, which is why his puck possession game is a positive.
PICK 206: LINUS OBERG, CENTER
Team: Orebro HC (J20 SuperElit) | Nationality: SWE | Age: 20 | Ht: 6-0 | Wt: 203 | Shoots: R | Unranked | Stats: 11 GP, 12 G, 6 A
SB Nation’s Eyes On The Prize’s draft profile says:
There will be other reports focusing on him being two years older than other prospects and whether his ceiling is his current role of an SHL starter. Personally, I believe if he continues to bulk up and develop, he could have a role to play in the NHL as a bottom-six winger with the ability to add something on both special teams. I think there is another level or two in Öberg’s game. For example, I think that he could use his physique even more to his advantage and add on more of a mean streak when he’s in the crease.
With that said, this season will be the most important one yet in his career. There were natural growing pains during his rookie season. This year, most of them will need to be ironed out if he wants to take that next leap into a legitimate NHL prospect. He has performed well during the pre-season, scoring a few goals for an Örebro team that looks to have improved from last year.
Sharks acquired pick from New York Rangers, along with pick 196, in exchange for pick 127, used to draft Evan Vierling.
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 | Stats: 40 GP, 49 G, 27 A
The Hockey News says:
Playing for a prep team that often got dominated by other high-end programs, Spitserov was a bit of a one-man army for the Eagles: He led the team with 49 goals and 76 points in 40 games, while the second-leading scorer notched just 46 points. So it was tough for scouts to get a read on Spitserov, who came over from Russia and is committed to UMass. A hardworking kid who stops on pucks and has a heavy frame, Spitserov is a bit of a mystery even to NHL scouts, but there’s definitely talent there. Muskegon owns his USHL rights.
Sharks acquired pick from the Washington Capitals, along with their pick 211, at the 2019 NHL Draft, in exchange for San Jose’s fifth-round pick (153 overall). The Capitals used pick 153 to draft defender Martin Hugo Has.