San Jose 2007 NHL Entry Draft review, Sharks trade Toskala to Toronto for 1st round draft pick
SAN JOSE SHARKS GOALTENDER #35 VESA TOSKALA - FILE PHOTO
2007 NHL ENTRY DRAFT IN COLUMBUS - FLIKR PHOTO JAMES MCPHLOYD
OTTAWA 67'S CENTER #89 LOGAN COUTURE - FLIKR PHOTO JAMES MACLENNAN
The Sharks are entering a new era after a weekend trade that sent goaltender Vesa Toskala and left wing Mark Bell to the Toronto Maple Leafs for a conditional 2007 first round draft pick (13th overall), a second round draft pick (44th overall), and a fourth round pick in 2009. A franchise that at one time had three legitimate #1 goaltenders in the same lineup, now places the future firmly in the capable glove hand of Evgeni Nabokov.
San Jose has a history of drafting players off the board or in unexpected positions, and Friday's NHL Entry Draft was no exception. General manager Doug Wilson traded the first round (13th) and second round draft picks (44th) acquired from Toronto to St Louis in order to move up and select Logan Couture of the Ottawa 67's. The 6-0, 195 pound center from Ottawa was ranked 7th overall by the Hockey News among North American skaters, and 19th overall by the NHL's Central Scouting Bureau among the same group. Sharkspage contributor Max Giese, who correctly predicted the Sharks interest in the mature 2-way forward, ranked Couture among the top character players in the draft and had him slotted 20th overall.
Not content to sit still and let the rest of the draft play out, the Sharks again moved up to gain another selection in the first round. GM Doug Wilson and Director of Scouting Tim Burke traded a second round selection in 2007 and 2008 to the Washington Capitals for their first round pick (28th overall). The Sharks selected 6-3, 213 pound defenseman Nicholas Petrecki from Omaha of the United States Hockey League. Petrecki was ranked 15th overall by The Hockey News among North American skaters, and 7th overall among defenseman by the NHL's Central Scouting Bureau. According to Max Giese, Petrecki was the top shutdown defenseman available in the draft, and the 14th ranked draft eligible prospect overall.
A complete list of the eight San Jose Sharks selections in the 2007 draft:
San Jose Sharks 2007 NHL Entry Draft
 C - Logan Couture, OHL Ottawa 67's
 D - Nick Petrecki, USHL Omaha Lancers
 G - Timo Pielmeier, DEL Kolner Haie
 G - Tyson Sexsmith, WHL Vancouver Giants
 C - Patrik Zackrisson, Sweden
 C - Nick Bonino, AOFHS Connecticut
 D - Justin Braun, U Mass
[7} LW - Frazer McLaren, WHL Portland Winter Hawks