The Sharks have the 28th pick overall in the draft. They also have the 88th, 118th, 136th, 148th, 157th, 178th and the 208th picks. They gave up their second round pick to the Senators in the Dany Heatley deal. This year’s crop at the draft has some very good potential, except that between number 25 and 35 the expert’s opinions vary greatly as to who should be picked first.
So the Sharks should go with trying to fill our greatest need. The organization desperately needs more depth on the right side… specifically right-handed forwards. There are only four right-handed forwards on the entire team, and Joe Pavelski is a center. So one injury on the right side and there is no one to fill the void.
Traditionally the Sharks love Brian Kilrea Ottawa 67s coached players, so Tyler Toffoli seems to be the one they will go after. Toffoli was ranked higher earlier in the season, but started the season very poorly and even though he finished well, he still lost in the rankings because of his poor start. Toffoli will be a good scorer but he needs to get stronger so that he doesn’t get injured so often, and he needs a year or two of seasoning in the AHL.
Petr Straka is the one to pick if Toffoli is not available. If Toffoli and Straka are not available, then we could deal some of our defensive depth for a right-winger, and draft Stephen Johns who will end up surprising a lot of these experts who have him rated in the second round.
Beau Bennett is the only other potential top six prospect on the right side after that. The right-wing possibilities are really thin in this draft after those players are gone, and they will be long gone by the time the Sharks get to the third round for their second selection. Here’s hoping that the scouting staff can uncover some diamond in the ruff right winger in the later rounds.
We have four goalies that are developing besides Thomas Greiss… Alex Stalock, Harri Sateri, Thomas Heemskerk and Tyson Sexsmith and they are all considered good prospects, so we have good depth at that position.
With Jason Demers, Nick Petrecki and Derek Joslin ready for prime time and Taylor Doherty not far behind on Defence, the Sharks are well setup for the future. Any team needs eight dmen to get through the season, so it’s time to allow their depth some ice time to let them sort themselves into who’s ready and who isn’t.
Given that the depth on defence and in the nets is very solid, with the six picks between the third and seventh rounds, the Sharks will go for depth at the forward position, or there will be some dealing with other teams to solidify the right side.
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Written by Marvin Miller
Freelance Sportswriter for many years. Hockey coach for 10 years up to Bantam AA. Certified Level 2 in both hockey and racquetball. Works now as a Senior Technical Writer. Hobbies, racquetball, playing guitar, and following hockey, particularly the NHL Draft.