San Jose Sharks – August 30 in 30

Zachary DeVine

2016-08-24

 

The San Jose Sharks prospect depth chart does not stack up against some of the recent rebuild efforts elsewhere in the NHL's Western Conference. A 14-win Stanley Cup Playoff run, a brilliant trade for a young starting netminder and a franchise that has missed the playoffs once in the past dozen years will do that. Despite the success, every draft year cohort features prospects cut from similar cloth.

 

What General Manager Doug Wilson has been able to do is keep a steady contingent of smart, versatile hockey players in the Sharks pipeline. European signings Joonas Donskoi and Melker Karlsson have augmented players like Chris Tierney and Matt Nieto that have made the jump to the NHL.

 

The Sharks have a knack for stealing late-round talent, as well. San Jose has only one true "blue chip" prospect in the system. Timo Meier, selected ninth overall in 2015 after a disastrous Sharks regular season that saw coach Todd McLellen dismissed and Joe Thornton stripped of his captaincy. Meier was the silver lining after that miserable season, and he headlines San Jose's prospect pool.

 

Top 10 Fantasy Hockey Prospects (updated August, 2016)

 

  1. Timo Meier – Big, strong, skilled, and most of all ready. The crown jewel in the Sharks prospect pool, will duke it out with Sorensen for a roster spot this fall. More offensive potential than Sorensen.

 

  1. Marcus Sorensen – Small, speedy winger address team need. Skills evident in SHL, could be the latest in Scandinavian finds for San Jose.

 

  1. Nikolay Goldobin – Immense skill with the puck, lost at times without it. A professional game away from the play needs to materialize.

 

  1. Kevin Labanc – Led OHL in scoring, likely a top role with the Barracuda next year.

 

  1. Jeremy Roy – Smooth skating rearguard a candidate for Team Canada. Pivotal year if he can stay healthy for once.