2014 NHL Draft: 5 First-Round Prospects San Jose Sharks Should Have an Eye on

December 17th, 2013 by Emily Teachout Leave a reply »
When the average hockey fan thinks of the San Jose Sharks, they tend to think high-profile trades. But while Joe Thornton, Brent Burns, Antti Niemi, Dan Boyle and Martin Havlat were all acquired via headlining trade deals, on an average game night, the other 75 percent of San Jose players all arrived in San Jose courtesy of the NHL draft.

That’s a pretty impressive statistic when you stop and think about it.

Patrick Marleau, Logan Couture, Joe Pavelski, Tomas Hertl, Tommy Wingels, Matt Nieto, Andrew Desjardins, Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Justin Braun, Matt Irwin, Brad Stuart, Jason Demers, Scott Hannan and Alex Stalock are all San Jose Sharks draft picks.

The 2014 NHL draft doesn’t have the excitement and anticipation of the elite talent eligible for the 2015 draft, when teams will inevitably be falling all over themselves (and down the standings) for the opportunity to select the latest wunderkind, Connor McDavid. But the lack of obvious standout talent means that teams lower in the draft have legitimate opportunities to draft players whose value is still yet to be realized but may eventually blossom into quality NHL players.

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