A look back at the 2014 and 2009 drafts

Hindsight is 20/20.

The 2019 draft is in the books and the San Jose Sharks have added a whole new group of prospects to their pool. Trouble is, it’s going to take a few more years to see if those picks pan out.

It’s hindsight that really gives you an idea of how teams did in any given draft year, so let’s take a look back at the Sharks’s draft five years ago (2014) and ten years ago (2009).

Five Years Ago (2014)

Round 1, Pick No. 27: Nikolay Goldobin

The Sharks were initially supposed to have the 20th overall pick in the draft, but the Chicago Blackhawks wanted it more and the two teams worked out a deal. The Sharks sent picks 20 and 179 in the draft to the Blackhawks in exchange for picks 27 and 62.

With the 20th overall pick, the Blackhawks picked forward Nick Schmaltz. In 2018, Chicago traded Schmaltz to the Arizona Coyotes for Brendan Perlini and Dylan Strome.

Schmaltz signed a seven-year extension with the Coyotes in March for $41 million. He missed most of the 2018-19 season with a knee injury. He has played 179 career games in the NHL with 105 points (34 goals, 71 assists).

The Sharks used the 27th overall pick to draft Nikolay Goldobin. Goldobin had his brief moments in the Sharks’ lineup, but never really found a spot. In 2016, he was traded to the Vancouver Canucks along with a conditional fourth-round pick for rental player Jannik Hansen. Goldobin has moved in and out of the Canucks’ lineup over the past few years. He has played 124 career NHL games with 46 points (19 goals, 27 assists) and a career plus/minus of minus-23.

The three players drafted after Goldobin: Josh Ho-Sang, Adrian Kempe and John Quenneville.

Round 2, Pick #46: Julius Bergman

The Sharks moved up in round two, trading pick 51 and the 2015 fourth-round pick (No. 100) to the Nashville Predators for the 46th overall pick.

The Predators picked Jack Dougherty at No. 51 and Anthony Richard at No. 100 the next year. The Preds traded Dougherty to the Buffalo Sabres in 2018 for prospect Nicholas Baptiste. None of them have had significant time in the NHL.

The Sharks used the 46th overall pick to take Julius Bergman. Bergman had four seasons with the Worcester Sharks/San Jose Barracuda, but never made it to the NHL. He was traded in 2018 to the Ottawa Senators along with Mikkel Boedker and a sixth-round pick in 2020 in exchange for Mike Hoffman, Cody Donaghey and a fifth-round pick in 2020.

The Sharks flipped Hoffman and a 2018 seventh-round pick to the Florida Panthers for 2018 fourth- and fifth-round picks, as well as a 2019 second-round pick. The second-round pick was later sent to the Senators in the large trade that brought Erik Karlsson to San Jose.

Meanwhile, the Senators packaged Bergman with Matt Duchene in a trade with the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Senators received a pair of prospects and conditional first round picks in 2019 and 2020.

Round 2, Pick #53: Noah Rod

The Sharks also had pick 53 in the 2014 draft after the team traded Douglas Murray to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

San Jose used the pick to draft Noah Rod. Rod never made it to the NHL and eventually refused to play in the AHL. His contract was terminated in 2018 and Rod signed with a team in the Swiss National League.

Drafted after Rod in the second round: Brandon Montour at 55 and Ryan Donato at 56.

Round 3, Pick #72: Alex Schoenborn

In round three, Wilson once again found a willing trade partner in the Predators. He handed off pick 62 in the third round in exchange for picks 72 and 102.

The Preds used pick 62 to draft Justin Kirkland. Kirkland is still in Nashville’s farm system.

The Sharks used the 72nd overall pick to take Alex Schoenborn. Schoenborn played a few stints with the Barracuda, but is currently playing in the ECHL.

Drafted in the third round after Schoenborn: Brayden Point at 79.

Round 4, Pick #102: Alexis Vanier

This is the second pick acquired from the Predators in the trade mentioned above. Vanier is still playing in the ECHL.

Also drafted in the fourth round after Vanier: Viktor Arvidsson at 112.

Round 4, Pick #111: Traded to Edmonton Oilers

The Sharks were initially supposed to have pick 111 in 2014, but traded it to the Oilers for Mike Brown. The Oilers used the pick to draft Zachary Nagelvoort who played in the ECHL in 2016-17 before he ended his hockey career.

Round 5, Pick #141: Traded to Chicago Blackhawks

In 2013, the Sharks and Blackhawks traded a group of picks that included pick 141. The Blackhawks used the pick to take Luc Snuggerud. He was placed on unconditional waivers in 2019 after suffering multiple concussions.

Round 5, Pick #149: Rourke Chartier

The Sharks obtained this pick from the New York Rangers in the 2013 Ryane Clowe trade. San Jose received three picks for Clowe, two in 2013 that ended up becoming Gabryel Paquin-Boudreau and Yan-Pavel Laplante and the 149 pick in 2014 that turned into Rourke Chartier.

Chartier played 13 games for the Sharks last season. He scored one goal in those 13 games.

Round 6, Pick #171: Kevin Labanc

As stated earlier, the Sharks sure know how to pick them in the later rounds and Labanc is no exception. The winger had a breakout year last season. He played all 82 games (most of them alongside Joe Thornton) and registered 56 points (17 goals, 39 assists).

In the playoffs, he had nine points (four goals, five assists). Four of those points came Game 7 against the Vegas Golden Knights.

Round 7, Pick #201: Traded to Detroit Red Wings

San Jose traded pick 201 and prospect Andrew Murray to the Red Wings in a deal that put Brad Stuart back in a teal jersey.

The Wings used the pick to acquire Alexander Kadeykin who is currently playing in Russia’s KHL.


The very last pick of the 2014 draft was Jacob Middleton, selected with pick 210 by the Los Angeles Kings. Middleton signed on as an amateur tryout in the Sharks’ farm system in the 2016-17 season.  He’s expected to be San Jose’s seventh defenseman next season.

10 Years Ago (2009)

Wheeling and dealing by Wilson left the Sharks’ draft cupboard bare in 2009.

Round 1, Pick  #26: Traded multiple times

San Jose traded away its first round pick in 2008 in a deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning. The trade brought Dan Boyle and Brad Lukowich into the Sharks’ dressing room in exchange for Matt Carle, Ty Wishart, a 2010 fourth-round pick and the 2009 first-round pick.

The first-round pick was traded multiple times before eventually landing with the Anaheim Ducks. The Ducks used pick No. 26 to draft Kyle Palmeri. Palmieri was traded to the New Jersey Devils after the 2014-15 season. The Ducks received a second-round pick in 2015 and a third-round pick in the 2016 draft because of that trade. The picks the Ducks received in return eventually turned into Ryan Gropp and Rem Pitlick.

Palmieri has played 496 games in the NHL. He’s scored 293 points (150 goals, 143 assists).

Round 2, Pick #43: William Wrenn

This was the first of two second-round picks for the Sharks in the 2009 draft. The Sharks received the pick and a 2010 second-round pick from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for Craig Rivet and a 2010 seventh-round pick.

Wrenn played three games for the Worcester Sharks in the 2012-13 season. He bounced around, but never made the NHL. He played last season in the German Hockey League.

Round 2, Pick #57: Taylor Doherty

Doherty spent considerable time with the Worcester Sharks, but never quite showed the offensive potential to garner him a call up to the big club. After the 2015 AHL playoffs, the Sharks let Doherty walk.

He played for a number of teams with the ECHL and then played last season with a team in the Czech league.

Among the players picked after Doherty and Wrenn: Brandon Pirri at 59, Tomas Tatar at 60 and Tyson Barrie at 64.

Round 3, Pick #87: Traded multiple times

The Sharks swapped picks with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2008. The Sharks received a third-round pick in 2008 and gave up the 2008 fourth-round pick, 2008 fifth-round pick and the 2009 third-round pick.

The Lightning flipped the third round pick to the Philadelphia Flyers in a trade that brought Steve Downie and Steve Eminger to Tampa Bay and sent Matt Carle to the Flyers.

The Flyers drafted Simon Bertilsson with pick 87. He’s never played in the NHL and spent the last 11 years playing in the Swedish Hockey League. He recently signed a one-year deal with a team in the KHL.

Round 4, Pick #117: Traded multiple times

The Sharks dealt this pick during the 2008 draft. San Jose sent its 2009 fourth-round pick to the Los Angeles Kings for a fourth-round pick in 2008 and a fifth-round pick in 2010. The Kings later traded the pick to the Atlanta Thrashers for a lower fourth-round pick and a seventh-round pick.

The Thrashers used the Sharks’ pick to select goaltender Edward Pasquale, who they later traded to the Washington Capitals for two draft picks in 2014 (Steve Spinner and Matt Ustaski) and a 2015 draft pick (Matteo Gennaro). Pasquale played three games with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2018-19. He now plays in the KHL.

Round 5, Pick #147: Phil Varone

Varone was invited to the Sharks’ training camp in 2010, but didn’t perform well enough for the Sharks to offer him a contract. He became a free agent in 2011 and signed with the Buffalo Sabres. He was in and out of the Sabres’ lineup — more in than out — and then was part of a prospect swap with the Ottawa Senators in 2016.

Varone signed as a free agent with the Philadelphia Flyers in 2017 on a two-way deal. He played 47 games with the Flyers in the 2018-19 season.

Among the players still available when Varone was drafted: Anders Lee at 152, Darcy Kuemper at 161 and Erik Haula at 182.

Round 6, Pick #177: Traded multiple times

The Sharks’ sixth-round pick was sent to the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2008 for enforcer Jody Shelley. Shelley played for the Sharks for a few seasons before he was traded to the New York Rangers.

The pick was traded a few times before it landed with the Chicago Blackhawks who drafted David Pacan at 177. Pacan never made it to the NHL.

Round 7, Pick #189: Marek Viedensky

The San Jose Sharks received pick 189 from the Dallas Stars in exchange for the Sharks’ sixth-round pick in 2010. Dallas later sent the 2010 sixth-round pick to the Senators in exchange for Alex Auld. The Sens used the pick to snag Mark Stone (the guy who just signed an eight-year, $76 million deal with the Vegas Golden Knights).

Viedensky played three seasons for the Worcester Sharks and the San Francisco Bulls. He left to play for Finnish Liiga in 2014 and has played the last three seasons in the KHL.

Round 7, Pick #207: Dominik Bielke

Bielke never made it to the U.S. and spent his whole hockey career playing in Germany. He retired in 2013 after a hip injury ended his career.