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Sharks draft Setoguchi
SJ moves up to 8 spot
7/30/05 - By Mike Lee

The Sharks traded three draft picks to the Atlanta Thrashers in order to move up to the eighth overall selection in today's NHL Entry Draft. San Jose then used the pick to take Devin Setoguchi, a 5'11" right wing out of Taber Alberta. Setoguchi scored 64 points (33 goals, 31 assists) last season for the Sakskatoon Blades of the Western Hockey League.

Setoguchi was ranked 10th among North American skaters, by the NHL's Central Scouting Bureau. The international Scouting Service had him ranked 25th among all skaters. The move one was an interesting one, given Setoguchi's scouting service ratings. Giving up three draft picks to move up four spots in the first round seems like a high price to pay for someone who may have been available much later in the draft.

Sharks General Manager Doug Wilson alluded in a televised interview immediately following the selection that the Sharks felt that Setoguchi fits the Sharks mold. Wilson also alluded that the Sharks felt Setoguchi was going to be taken before the 12th overall pick.

San Jose traded the 12th, 49th (2nd round), and 207th (7th round) overall picks to Atlanta, who would then move the 12th overall pick to The New York Rangers later in the draft.

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