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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 fits the mold of the modern NHL defender. Kniazev may have been a bit of a reach at 48th-overall as there were several higher ranked defenders still on the board. However, you can’t deny that his superior skating ability is a huge boon in today’s NHL. Kniazev put up 34 points in 55 QMJHL games. These aren’t huge numbers, especially for the QMJHL which is a bit weaker than the rest of the CHL. Kniazev doesn’t have massive offensive upside in that he doesn’t have a big shot and probably won’t be quarterbacking an NHL power-play. He does however have that puck moving ability which could land him those secondary assists when he gets a chance to move the puck up to skilled forwards.
Round 2, 55th overall: Dillon Hamaliuk (LW)
Hamaliuk is a big-bodied forward out of the WHL, previously of the Seattle Thunderbirds, Hamaliuk was dealt to the Kelowna Rockets where he’ll play next season. This pick is a bit of an intriguing one, although considered a reach by many, the Sharks scouting staff has stated that they had Hamaliuk rated as a first-round talent. Clearly they liked what they saw before Hamaliuk’s season was cut short by injury. It is certainly possible that had Hamaliuk played out the season he could have landed higher in the rankings, we often see the board shift quite a bit in the latter half of the season. The fact that Hamaliuk almost hit a point per game with 26 points in 31 games for Seattle, a t