September 32-in-32: San Jose Sharks

Pat Quinn




Welcome to the September 2021 edition of the DobberProspects 32-in-32 Series! This month, we will be diving into the depth of each organization, looking at their recent graduates, risers, fallers and top 20 prospects.





As stated last month the Sharks seem to be in a place where management believes they are still a contending team, essentially one that needs one of those “competitive rebuilds” that never works. This teams needs a lot of players to bounce back, especially on defense, to be competitive for a playoff spot. Not to mention they are now down a top six forward as Evander Kane was not invited to training camp due to more off ice issues and awful allegations. They can still make the playoffs though as they have all new goaltending, still some dangerous forwards, and it is the Pacific.

With Kane possibly gone for the season the Sharks have at least two forward spots open. The same defense will realistically return, but the Sharks mainly hope stable goaltending turns the team around.



Graduating Players

Jonathan Dahlén, LW – Dahlén is moving to North America for, as of now, at most one year. Playing in either the AHL or the NHL is a step above the HockeyAllsvenskan league


Dillon Hamaliuk, LW – After four full seasons in the WHL for the Kelowna Rockets Hamaliuk is moving to the AHL with the San Jose Barracuda where he hopes to develop further and become a future NHLer


Artemi Knyazev, D – Knyazev is moving up from the QMJHL to the AHL as well. He may also have a chance to play a few NHL games later in the season if the Sharks are out of the playoffs


Jasper Weatherbyv, C/LW – After three seasons in the NCAA Weatherby will also play in the AHL and he too will also potentially have a chance to play in the NHL


Potential Graduates

Lane Pederson, C/W – Could secure an NHL role this year after improved AHL production and 15 games with Arizona in 2019-2020




Jonathan Dahlén, LW – He kept dominating the HockeyAllsvenskan league and now has a chance to play in the NHL. Hopefully, he stays in North America if he does have to spend most of the year in the AHL


Thomas Bordeleau, C – There were times when Bordeleau was the best player in the NCAA last year, and it is still a mystery to me that he did not make the roster for USA at the World Junior Championship


Alexander Barabanov, LW/RW – Though he could not make any more than 13 Maple Leafs games, but he scored seven points in nine NHL games for the Sharks


Joachim Blichfeld, RW – Blichfeld led the AHL with a ridiculous 4.72 shots per game, and was often the best player for the Barracuda. He has earned an NHL shot but needs to play top six time, and not seven minutes on the fourth line




Ivan Chekhovich and Vladislav Kotkov both terminated the contracts with the Sharks


Ryan Merkley, D – His first season in the AHL did not show enough offense to make you forget about his poor defensive play. However, that is not to say he has not improved on defense as he is working on improving it, he is just prone to lots of mistakes



Prospect Depth Chart

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
William Eklund Lane Pederson Joachim Blichfeld
Jonathan Dahlen Noah Gregor Alexander (Sasha) Chmelevski
Alexander Barbanov (LW/RW) Thomas Bordeleau Ozzy Wiesblatt
Rudolfs Balcers Jasper Weatherby Brandon Coe
John Leonard Yegor Spiridonov Daniil Gushchin
Dillon Hamaliuk Joel Kellman Tristen Robins
Adam Raska Scott Reedy Jake McGrew
Jayden Halbgewachs


Left Defense Right Defense
Radim Simek Ryan Merkley
Artemi Knyazev Nicolas Meloche
Brinson Pasichnuk
Jacob Middleton
Tony Sund
Santeri Hatakka


Alexei Melnichuk
Zacharie Émond
Mike Robinson
Zach Sawchenko
Benjamin Gaudreau



Top 20 Fantasy Prospects

  1. William Eklund
  2. Ryan Merkley
  3. Joachim Blichfeld
  4. Jonathan Dahlen
  5. John Leonard
  6. Sasha Chmelevski
  7. Thomas Bordeleau
  8. Lane Pederson
  9. Ozzy Wiesblatt
  10. Rudolfs Balcers
  11. Alexander Barbanov
  12. Alexei Melnichuk
  13. Brinson Pasichnuk
  14. Brandon Coe
  15. Tristen Robins
  16. Artemi Knyazev
  17. Jasper Weatherby
  18. Yegor Spiridonov
  19. Daniil Gushchin
  20. Benjamin Gaudreau





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Pat Quinn






Name Fantasy Upside NHL Certainty
Colby Barlow 8.0 9.5
Ville Heinola 6.5 8.5
Dylan Coghlan 4.5 7.5
Oskar Magnusson 6.5 4.0
Patrick Guay 7.0 5.0
Brandon Lisowsky 6.5 5.5
Nick Malik 4.5 1.0
Kyle Jackson 6.0 5.0
Viktor Persson 6.0 2.0
Jeremy Langlois 6 5.5