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Sharks draft 6 players over the weekend
SJ grabs Czech Hertl with 17th overall pick
6/24/12 - By Mike Lee -

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 180 pounds.

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.


San 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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