| Sharks draft 6 players over the
SJ grabs Czech Hertl with 17th overall
Another NHL Entry Draft has come and gone, and San
Jose looks to the future with the six picks they made over the weekend. Unlike
last year, the Sharks had a 1st round pick on Friday night, taking Tomas Hertl
with the 17th overall pick. The centerman played for Salvia Praha in the Czech
Extraliga last year, earning high marks for his play. The Prague native ranked
as high as 3rd among European skaters by the Central Scouting Bureau.
The Sharks also had a 2nd round pick in the draft, but it didn't come until the
55th overall selection. They traded the 37th and 47th overall picks as parts of
separate deals in 2011 and 2012. The 37th pick was shipped to Tampa Bay last
season as part of the Dominic Moore trade.
The 4th pick was shipped to
Carolina two season ago, when the Sharks acquired defenseman Ian White. White
eventually signed with Detroit as an unrestricted free agent last summer. San
Jose was awarded the 55th overall pick after failing to re-sign Patrick White,
who they acquired from the Vancouver Canucks in 2009.
The Sharks used
that pick to take centerman Chris Tierney from the London Knights of the OHL.
Tierney recorded 34 points (11 goals, 23 assists in 65 games last season,
before scoring 5 goals in the OHL playoffs.
San Jose may want to focus
on bulking Tierney up. The 6-foot Keswick, Ontario native weighs in at a slight
San Jose took Christophe Lalancette from the QMJHL
Acadie-Bathurst with their 4th round pick (10th overall). Lalancette recorded
16 goals and 31 assists for Acadie-Bathurst last season.
San Jose took a third center, by selecting Daniel
O'Regan from St Sebastien High School in the 5th round. O'Regan was born in
Berlin, where his father played professionally. He had a productive season for
St Sebastiens, scoring 21 goals, and adding 35 assists in 27 games. He also
played with the United States U-18 team 3G, 4A in 10 games). He will attend
Boston University this fall.
Clifford Watson was taken in the 6th round
out of Sioux City on the USHL. The defenseman played 58 games for Sioux City,
recoding 53 penalty minutes last season. He was ranked 170th by Central
Scouting among all North American Skaters. He will play one more season for
Sioux City, then is committed to attend Ohio State University.
Jose selected defenseman Joakim Ryan from Cornell University with their final
pick of th edraft (7th round, 198th overall). Ryan will enter his sophomore
season at Cornell, after posting 17 points (7G, 10 A) and 20 penalty minutes in
34 games last year.
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