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.

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.

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.

Expansion Draft

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.

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.

The rest of the draft went as such:

Round Name Overall Position Height Weight
2 Mario Ferraro 49 D 5’10” 185
4 Scott Reedy 102 C 6’1″ 201
6 Jacob McGrew 159 RW 5’10” 190
6 Alexander Chmelevski 185 C 5’11” 179
7 Ivan Chekhovich 212 LW 5’10” 177

 

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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My name is Charles Barrera. I’m from a small town just north of the Bay Area. Sports are a big part of my life; I have three of my favorite team’s logos tattooed on my left arm and right calf. To call me dedicated is a massive understatement. My dog also reps my teams with her collars. I love going to games and collecting memorabilia. I’m currently working at a middle school with severely handicapped students while going to school for a major in journalism/communications.
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Content Contributor for Armchair San Jose Sharls, Editor , The Armchair All-Americans, LLC
My name is Charles Barrera. I’m from a small town just north of the Bay Area. Sports are a big part of my life; I have three of my favorite team’s logos tattooed on my left arm and right calf. To call me dedicated is a massive understatement. My dog also reps my teams with her collars. I love going to games and collecting memorabilia. I’m currently working at a middle school with severely handicapped students while going to school for a major in journalism/communications.
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