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The 2016 NHL Draft will take place at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo on June 24-25 and the Sharks will have five draft selections over the two days.
Last season, the Barracuda had 15 players that were originally drafted by the SJ Sharks: (DeMelo, McCarthy, McLaren, Helewka, Crane, Goldobin, Mueller, Ryan, Bergman, Tierney, Brodzinski, Schoenborn, Boudreau, Labanc, and Chartier). The Sharks will look to build on that number this weekend in Buffalo.
Will the Barracuda see any of the players drafted by the Sharks this weekend suit up for the Barracuda next season? – Only one player from the 2015 Draft suited up for the Barracuda last season – forward Adam Helewka. Adam was drafted with the 106th pick overall and began the season with the Barracuda and played three games in the AHL before he was returned to the WHL.
However, the Barracuda had five players from the 2014 draft suited up for the club last season: (Goldobin, Bergman, Schoenborn, Chartier, and Labanc). The 2016 NHL draft could paint a picture for some of the prospects that Barracuda fans will see at the AHL level over the next several seasons.
Draft picks for the SJ Sharks this weekend:
Just because the Sharks do not have a first round draft pick selection this year, does not necessarily mean that the Sharks won’t be able to find high-end talent during their selections.
Some of the past selections from the 60th spot in the past:
As you can see, there are some pretty impressive names that have been selected late in the second round. Led by the SJ Sharks Director of Scouting Tim Burke, the Sharks have had a terrific history of finding great players late in the draft:
The action begins on Friday with the first round of the NHL Draft set to start at 4pm (pacific) on the NBC Sports Network. Rounds 2-7 will take place on Saturday with action beginning at 7am (pacific) on the NHL Network. Make sure to visit www.SJSharks.com for the most up to date information on the Sharks draft selections with behind the scenes videos and exclusive analysis.
All the best to all of the draft eligible players this weekend…. As we look forward to seeing some of you suit up for the SJ Barracuda and the Sharks in the very near future!