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June 29, 2010 3:05 PM

Evaluating the San Jose Sharks 2010 Draft, Part II

After selecting Charlie Coyle in the first round, the San Jose Sharks did not select again until the third round of the draft. At this late stage, examining a player's accomplishments is rarely indicative of their potential: Anyone performing well did so against lesser competition or they would have been taken earlier, and anyone with little production would not have been selected at all unless they had played some of the best prospects.

Thus, one should focus only on the players' physical measurables and where they were ranked by NHL Central Scouting, almost universally recognized as the authority in evaluating prospects. Note that the stated ranking will be among North American skaters, not all players; thus, a skater taken 100th who was ranked 100th would actually be a slight reach with the likelihood that there would be ten or so goalies and dozens of players from other areas of the world projected in the top-100 picks.

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With the 88th pick in the draft, the Sharks drafted right wing Max Gaede, a 6'2", 187 lb. Minnesota high school player committed to play at Minnesota State-Mankato. That may seem thin, but I was that exact size in high school, and 6'3" and 210 lbs. by my late 20's without a workout regiment. Nonetheless, he was ranked 104th among skaters, making him a slight reach.

San Jose did not select again until the fifth round, but they had three picks at that time. The first was Cody Ferriero at No. 127 (ranked 117th among skaters), the brother of Sharks prospect Benn Ferriero. The 5'11", 190 lb. Massachusetts native can play centre or wing; he is committed to doing that for Boston College in the near future.

Two picks later, the Sharks selected centre Freddie Hamilton. The 6'1", 187 lb. centre must have had deficiencies not seen by NHL Central Scouting, because he inexplicably fell more than two rounds beyond his ranking of 62nd. The Sharks finished the round picking defenceman Isaac MacLeod 136th overall. The 6'4", 205 lb. blueliner was ranked 133rd.

Doug Wilson then traded goalie prospect Henrik Karlsson (fourth in the organisational depth chart) to the Calgary Flames for a sixth round pick, which he used to select German defenceman Konrad Abeltshauser. The 6'5", 190 lb. product of Halifax of the QMJHL will certainly have to add weight to that frame, but Tyler Myers won the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year with a similar frame (6'8", 222 lbs.).

Wilson used his seventh round selection (188th overall) on a bit more of a late-bloomer, 6'1", 200lb. defenceman Lee Moffie, who completed his freshman season for the University of Michigan. Then he traded away next year's seventh round pick to Pittsburgh for the 200th pick this year, selecting Chris Crane from Green Bay of the USHL. The 181st ranked North American skater has committed to play for Ohio State University next season.

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