NHL Draft & the San Jose Barracuda

Jun 24, 2016

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:

  • 60th overall
  • 111th overall
  • 150th overall
  • 180th overall
  • 210th overall

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:

  • Oliver Kylington – Calgary in 2015
  • Alex Lintuniemi – LA in 2014
  • Linus Arnesson – Boston in 2013
  • Damon Severson – NJ in 2012
  • Mario Lucia – Minnesota in 2011
  • Stephen Johns – Chicago in 2010
  • Tomas Tatar – Detroit in 2009
  • Jimmy Hayes – Toronto in 2008
  • Brandon Dubinsky – NYR in 2004
  • Marc- Andre Bernier – Vancouver in 2003
  • Steven Heinze – Boston in 1988
  • Ray Sheppard – Buffalo in 1984
  • David Reid – Boston in 1982

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:

  • Joe Pavelski – 205th overall in 2004
  • Dylan DeMelo – 179th overall in 2011
  • Tommy Wingels – 177th overall in 2008
  • Justin Braun – 201st overall in 2007
  • John McCarthy – 202nd overall in 2006
  • Ryane Clowe – 175th overall in 2001
  • Doug Murray – 241st overall in 1999
  • Miikka Kiprusoff – 116th overall in 1995
  • Evgeni Nabokov – 219th overall in 1994

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!

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