Sharks 2011 draft recap

By Gabe Myles

I’m not an NHL Draft expert by any means, but after doing some research, this is what I came up with. I discussed which draft picks that the Sharks had here.

The Sharks traded their first round pick (28th overall) to the Wild along with Devin Setoguchi and top prospect Charlie Coyle for Brent Burns and a second round pick in the 2012 draft. It was a very steep price to pay, but Burns is the type of defenseman that the Sharks needed. The 2012 draft class is supposed to be a lot better than this draft, so the pick downgrade may not be a downgrade at all.

The Sharks traded their second round pick (59th overall) and a third round pick in 2012 to the Panthers for the 47th overall pick. They picked Matt Nieto, a left wing from Boston University and California native. He had ten goals and 13 assists in 39 games during his freshman season with the Terriers. He played for Team USA in the IIHF U-18 World Junior Championship in both 2009 and 2010, winning a gold medal both times. He was also invited to the evaluation camp for the U-20 World Junior Championship this year. He has game-breaking speed, and his offensive game is much stronger than his defensive game. He is a little bit undersized, but a lot of speedy wingers are.

The Sharks took defenseman Justin Sefton with their third round pick (89th overall). He played for Sudbury of the Ontario Hockey League the past two seasons. He was the fifth overall pick in the 2009 OHL Draft, and many considered him to be a lock for the first round a few years ago. But with two very disappointing seasons in juniors, he fell to the bottom of the third round. He is a very physical defenseman that is willing to fight. He fought 12 times last season in 66 games and had 124 penalty minutes. He doesn’t have much of an offensive game (just 11 points last season), and he’s not a good skater.

The Sharks traded their fourth round pick (119th overall) to Winnipeg for a fifth round pick (133rd overall) and a seventh round pick (194th overall). They selected Sean Kuraly, a center who last played for the Indiana Ice of the USHL (United States Hockey League). In 51 games, he scored eight goals, had 21 assists and 45 penalty minutes. He is committed to play college hockey at Miami University in Ohio.

This pick was acquired in a February 2010 trade that sent enforcer Jody Shelley to the Rangers. The Sharks took center Daniil Sobchenko with their first of two sixth round picks (166th overall). He played 16 games for Yaroslavl Lokomotiv of the KHL last season. He only had one goal and one assist. Sobchenko played for gold medal winning Russia at the 2010 IIHF U-20 World Junior Championship and had four goals and three assists in seven games. He is a good playmaker, and his shot needs to improve.

The Sharks selected defenseman Dylan Demelo with their second pick of the sixth round (179th overall). Demelo played for Mississauga St. Michael’s of the Ontario Hockey League last season, the same team as goaltending prospect J.P. Anderson. He had three goals, 24 assists, 70 penalty minutes and a plus-31 rating in 67 games last season for the Majors. He had five points and 15 penalty minutes in 20 playoff games. He also isn’t afraid to fight, dropping the gloves six times last season, including once in the playoffs. He’s an offensive-minded defenseman with a good shot.

The Sharks got this pick when they traded down with the Jets. They took center Colin Blackwell with the 194th overall pick. He had 33 goals, 33 assists and a plus-42 rating in 25 games last season for St. John’s Prep in Massachusetts. He will start his college hockey career at Harvard in the fall of 2012.

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