July 31-in-31: San Jose Sharks

Chris

2019-07-24

 

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Welcome to our annual 31-in-31 Summer Series here at DobberProspects! Every day in July we will be bringing you a complete breakdown of a team’s draft, notes from their development camp, and insights into their off-season moves so far. Following this up, the August 31-in-31 Series will dive into every team’s prospect depth charts with fantasy insights and implications for the upcoming seasons. Check in often, because we plan on filling your hockey withdrawal needs all summer long!

 

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Draft Review

The Sharks drafted five players in the 2019 NHL entry draft. Their draft was a mixed bag of the typical draft position maneuvering by Doug Wilson and some picks that could be described as questionable. The Sharks took the first day of the draft off, without a first round pick (having traded it to Buffalo as part of the Evander Kane deal). On day two of the draft they went to work, making a series of deals which culminated in five selections. They traded the 41st pick (acquired from Philadelphia for Justin Braun) for the 48th and the 82nd pick. They selected QMJHL defenseman Artemi Kniazev at 48th overall. They then moved back into the second round, trading the 82nd and 91st pick for 55th which they used to select Dillon Hamaliuk of the WHL. Next the Sharks made a minor league deal with the Canucks, swapping Francis Perron and pick 215 for Tom Pyatt and pick 164. The Sharks then dealt a 2020 4th round pick for the 108th pick which they used to select Russian forward, Yegor Spiridonov of the MHL. The Sharks closed out the day by drafting Timur Ibragimov and Santeri Hatakka 164th and 184th respectively in the sixth round. Despite all the deals, it’s difficult to argue that the Sharks got great value in this draft. With the exception of Spiridonov, they left some higher ranked and more intriguing players on the board after their picks. That being said, Doug Wilson has a ton of faith in his scouting staff and they have pulled some gems out of the late rounds before. Time will tell if they are seeing something in these players that nobody else is.

 

Round 2, 48th overall: Artemi Kniazev (D)

Artemi Kniazev was the Sharks first pick of the draft, a smooth skating puck moving defenseman, he fit