In case you have not been keeping up with the Sharks, San Jose has been busy over the last week. GM Doug Wilson has made moves, like trading a former top prospect, while signing three other prospects to two year contracts, each. The Sharks have also had to weather the expansion draft storm by losing a defenseman. Finally, the week wrapped up Saturday evening with the conclusion of the NHL Entry Draft. So who is still in San Jose, and who is no longer wearing teal?
Trade of Mirco Mueller
Mirco Mueller was a first round, 18th overall selection in the 2013 Draft. The defenseman was primed to be a mainstay on the San Jose blue line for years to come. However, the Sharks organization mishandled Mueller, and thus, was passed up by other prospects. Mueller never really had a chance in San Jose. He is also the second first round draft pick traded by the Sharks this season (Nikolay Goldobin traded for Jannik Hansen at the trade deadline). The Sharks sent Mueller, along with a 5th round pick to New Jersey for a 2nd round pick and a 4th round pick. All picks are in the 2017 Draft.
Thank you to all the fans and all the boys in SJ, you guys made it a unreal place to play hockey!— Mirco Mueller (@muellermirco) June 17, 2017
Ryan Carpenter is Here to Stay
Ryan Carpenter got paid! No, but really, the Sharks signed Carpenter to a two year deal mere minutes after the Mueller trade. His leadership on the San Jose Barracuda helped Wilson make the decision to retain Carpenter. His postseason success also did not hurt his case to come back to San Jose. In 15 Calder Cup Playoff games, Carpy scored nine goals and eight assists, while leading the team in +/- with a +6. Bonus points for Carpenter; his first NHL goal was for the Sharks, against the LA Kings. Carpenter will make his case to be a Shark come training camp in September. Also noteworthy, Defensemen Tim Heed and Joakim Ryan also received two year deals.
Brent Burns Wins the Norris Trophy
Not really a shocker. Burnzie had the award locked up at the All-Star Break. This just solidifies Burns’ as an NHL elite level skater.
Couldn't be happier for @Burnzie88 for winning the Norris Trophy! Incredible talent!— Bret Hedican (@BretHedican) June 22, 2017
Burns was also a contender earlier in the season for the Hart Trophy.
Martin Jones also garnered a little praise from the voters of the Vezina Trophy.
And #SJSharks goaltender Martin Jones finished sixth in Vezina Trophy voting (NHL's top goaltender)— Ben Guerrero (@brguerrero) June 22, 2017
The Sharks’ list of protected players for the expansion draft was released on June 18. Here at Armchair, we got all but one pick right. The one we missed? Ryan Carpenter. That one was surprising, but that should show the fans that the Sharks might just have a “sleeper.” Ask them if Carpenter is a sleeper though and they will laugh at you. With that said, the Sharks lost a skater. They bid a fond farewell to defenseman David Schlemko. Schlemko came to the Sharks in the previous offseason on a four year contract after a great season with the Devils.
Thank you for your time in San Jose, David!— San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) June 22, 2017
Best of luck in Vegas. pic.twitter.com/vudwxe6LS3
Wilson’s comments after Schlemko was selected were interesting. He basically said the expansion draft was in the back of his mind when Schlemko signed. Wilson discussed the depth the Sharks have for the blue line, and Schlem was extra padding for the prospects. With a spot on the third defense pair open, look for Dylan DeMelo to get first dibs. Expect some competition at training camp however.
NHL Entry Draft
Ah yes, the time of year for the next batch of younglings to enter the league. This draft class however will be known for the lack of “generational talent,” such as Connor McDavid, or Auston Matthews. Still, these kids are good enough to play in the NHL (more than most of us can say). With the 19th selection, the San Jose Sharks selected Center Josh Norris. He may be a young 18 year old American, but Doug Wilson sees something in him. The GM stated that he could be a Logan Couture type player. Time will tell, but it sounds like this kid could be a steal at #19.
Josh & Dustin. pic.twitter.com/nMba7pW2Az— San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) June 24, 2017
The rest of the draft went as such:
Now, the Sharks can focus their attention on their current roster. Martin Jones and Marc Edouard Vlasic are due for big time raises, and they will get them. However, Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau are not guaranteed such contracts. The next few days should be an indicator on the level of interest in bringing back two Shark legends. Wilson and Co. will have their work cut out for them this offseason. Keep it tuned here to the Armchair All-Americans for more Sharks offseason news.
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