SAN JOSE, Ca. – The San Jose Sharks upset the Vancouver Canucks in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, but lost out in the second round to the Los Angeles Kings. Still, things are always sunny in California, but things could be taking a huge turn for the franchise after next season with so many players heading into the last year of their contracts. The Sharks that you know now will surely get a face lift sooner rather than later.
In the mean time, the Sharks will look forward to the NHL Entry Draft on June 30th and free agency. The Sharks were 24th in offense, but were 6th in defense and on the penalty kill, 7th on the power play, and 2nd in face-offs. The Sharks only main priority will be to upgrade their offense in the off-season.
Joe Thornton is up in age but led the team in assists (33) but only contributed 7 goals. Only three players were double digits in goals led by Logan Couture with 21. Three of the top four scorers were centers. The only Patrick Marleau (17) was the only winger with over 10 goals.
In the system the Sharks are in search of blue chip wingers so expect San Jose to make a winger their top pick unless someone comes along with an offer to take the pick off their hands for some immediate help on offense. In PHN’s mock draft, Kerby Rychel, and Zach Nastasiuk are still on the board. If they decide to go European Alexander Wennberg and Artturi Lehkonen will definitely get a look.
The Sharks have taken a forward as their top pick the last three years. No need to stop now. Expect to hear the following announcement come draft day.
“With the 20th pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, the San Jose Sharks select, from the Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey league, forward Kerby Rychel.”
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