Max Giese: San Jose Sharks Top 33 Prospects
No. PROSPECT NAME POS HT WT AGE TEAM
1. Logan Couture C 6-1 195 20 Worcester Sharks (AHL)
2. Nick Petrecki D 6-3 215 20 Worcester Sharks (AHL)
3. Jamie McGinn LW 6-0 185 21 San Jose Sharks (NHL)
4. Thomas Greiss G 6-1 195 23 San Jose Sharks (NHL)
5. Derek Joslin D 6-1 195 22 Worcester Sharks (AHL)
6. Mike Moore D 6-1 200 24 Worcester Sharks (AHL)
7. William Wrenn D 6-1 190 18 Denver University (NCAA)
8. Alex Stalock G 5-11 180 22 Worcester Sharks (NCAA)
9. Justin Daniels C 6-2 170 20 Northeastern (NCAA)
10. Taylor Doherty D 6-7 218 18 Kingston (OHL)
11. Frazer McLaren LW 6-5 225 21 Worcester Sharks (AHL
12. Jason Demers D 6-1 185 21 Worcester Sharks (AHL)
13. Steven Zalewski C 5-11 190 23 Worcester Sharks (AHL)
14. Henrik Karlsson G 6-6 215 25 Färjestad (SWE)
15. Tyson Sexsmith G 5-11 210 20 Worcester Sharks (AHL)
16. Harri Sateri G 6-1 190 19 Tappara (FIN)
17. Patrick White C 6-1 200 20 Minnesota (NCAA)
18. Kevin Henderson LW 6-3 210 22 Worcester (AHL)
19. Benn Ferriero C 5-11 192 22 Worcester Sharks (AHL)
20. Tommy Wingels C 6-0 184 21 Miami Ohio (NCAA)
21. Brandon Mashinter LW 6-4 225 20 Worcester Sharks (AHL)
22. Julien Demers D 6-1 215 20 Ottawa (OHL)
23. Phil Varone C 5-10 186 18 London (OHL)
24. Samuel Groulx D 6-2 185 19 Quebec (QMJHL)
25. Patrik Zackrisson LW 5-11 190 22 Linkoping (SWE)
26. Daniel Rahimi D 6-3 220 22 Worcester Sharks (AHL)
27. Joe Loprieno D 6-3 220 22 Worcester Sharks (AHL)
28. Justin Braun, D 6-1 190 22 Massachusetts (NCAA)
29. Marek Viedensky C 6-4 185 19 Prince George (WHL)
30. Dominik Bielke D 6-4 200 18 Berlin (DEL)
31. John McCarthy LW 6-1 195 23 Worcester Sharks (AHL)
32. Matt Jones RW 6-4 200 23 Worcester Sharks (AHL)
33. Drew Daniels RW 6-2 175 20 Northeastern (NCAA)
1. Logan Couture
Vitals: 6’1” / 195 lbs.
Birthdate: March 28, 1989
Hometown: Guelph, Ontario
Acquired: San Jose’s first choice (9th overall) in the 2007 draft
Scout Comments: “The kid is a solid hockey player. Logan is a slot player, meaning you can play him anywhere at any time. I think he’s a complete player. He’s a playmaker and makes players around him better. He’s always in the right place at the right time.” – San Jose Sharks Director of Scouting Tim Burke.
Scouting Report: His hockey sense is state of the art and this will allow him to play in all-situations .. universal player with deft hands and artistic playmaking abilities .. has an endearing work-ethic and is as gutsy player who will play through injury .. ever aware and conscientious defensively, has a keen sense where he needs to be and always supports the puck .. unselfish team player but needs to work on his skating .. propelled by a short, wide stride, but could use better overall speed and first-step quickness .. has successfully added subtle enhancements to his footwork to help compensate such as stutter-steps, speed changes, and diagonal bursts .. needs to work on balance and add some strength so he isn’t so easily pushed off of the puck.
Projection: 1st/2nd line center that plays on both special teams
2. Nick Petrecki
Vitals: 6’3” / 215 lbs.
Birthdate: July 11, 1989
Hometown: Schenectady, New York
Acquired: San Jose’s second choice (28th overall) in the 2007 draft
Scouts Comments: “He can skate, he’s physical, and he can shoot. Players like him tend to be overaggressive but that’s fine. His personality is to do anything it takes to help the team, he won’t hurt the team.” – San Jose Sharks Director of Scouting Tim Burke.
“He’s a real solid defenseman, he’s strong and has a really good shot. He’s very physical and is one of those kids that wants it so bad. He’s just a monster and his decision making has improved.” – San Jose Sharks scout Pat Funk.
Scouting Report: An intimidating physical force noted for his hulk-like strength and frightening mean streak .. a commanding skater with remarkable buoyancy on his feet for a player of his size .. a man child that one has to see live to truly appreciate the power he has on the ice .. sculpted out of concrete .. will be a fan favorite for his destructive physical play and opponents will absolutely hate to play against him because he’ll have their forwards hearing footsteps all night .. activates himself offensively when the situation calls for it and he has a hard shot .. must continue to work on his decision making with the puck and making the first pass .. needs to become more disciplined physically and eliminate the bad penalties.
Projection: Top-four, physical shut-down defenseman.
3. Jamie McGinn
Position: Left Wing
Vitals: 6’0” / 185 lbs.
Birthdate: August 5, 1988
Hometown: Fergus, Ontario
Acquired: San Jose’s second choice (36th overall) in the 2006 draft
Scouts Comments: “The coaching staffs in both San Jose and Worcester love him. He’s a guy that that goes to and stays in front of the net, tips a lot of pucks, screens goalies. He does a lot of things that makes a line go and he’s a deceptively powerful hitter.” – San Jose Sharks Director of Scouting Tim Burke.
Scouting Report: Has great character and can play the game anyway you need him to .. a physical winger that will crash and bang and he plays bigger than his listed size .. plays a heavy game down low in the offensive zone, excels making plays along the boards, and has an underrated touch around the net .. hard-nosed guy that won’t give up and is a natural leader that is good in the locker room. .. steady skater, solid and efficient on his feet with decent speed .. diligent and responsible defensively – takes up solid support positions behind the puck .. goes in spurts as a physical presence, as he can lay out some hammering hits though not all the time .. his body still needs to catch up physically so he will need to continue to get stronger, faster, and also work on his defensive play.
Projection: Energetic second line winger that can score and hit.
4. Thomas Greiss
Vitals: 6’1” / 200 lbs.
Birthdate: January 29, 1986
Hometown: Koln, Germany
Acquired: San Jose’s second choice (94th overall) in the 2004 draft
Scouts Comments: “Greiss has taken a lot of steps and is ready for the NHL right now. Goaltending is so much about dealing with adversity because as a goaltender you’re going to get beaten down, Greiss has the calmness and ability to overcome that now.” – San Jose Sharks Director of Scouting Tim Burke.
“I feel Greiss is ready to make the jump to the NHL. If you look at his career path he has progressed every year. Last year he got to play a lot of games in Worcester and in the last 15 games or so of the season he played very well and carried that team to the playoffs.” – San Jose Sharks Goaltending Development Coach Corey Schwab.
Scouting Report: A hybrid goaltender that mixes a calm demeanor with an aggressive approach .. athletic with trunk-like legs that give him fast lateral movement .. a great skater and a good puck handler .. instinctively challenges shooters and is capable of making astonishing kick saves .. economical in style yet conjures up spectacular saves due to his excellent athleticism and reaction speed .. one of the best goaltenders in shoot-out situations period, Greiss is extremely calm and stoic when facing shooters one-on-one .. has a golden glove hand that is uncanny quick .. prone to kicking some bad rebounds back into the slot area .. confidence has been an issue in the past but doesn’t seem to be anymore.
Projection: Starting NHL goaltender or capable back-up.
5. Derek Joslin
Vitals: 6’1” / 205 lbs.
Birthdate: March 17, 1987
Acquired: San Jose’s fifth choice (149th overall) in the 2005 draft
Scouts Comments: “He has earned Coach McLellan’s trust after spending 12 games with him last season. He’s still developing. He’s got a pretty good hybrid type of game. He’s got an offensive part and physical part of his game. I think he’s going to be a good player for years to come.” – San Jose Sharks Director of Scouting Tim Burke.
Scouting Report: Two-way defenseman that moves the puck into the offensive rush and takes the body physically .. solid defensively and closes gaps quickly thanks to strong lateral movement .. moves the puck out of his zone with stick-to-stick passes, elusive hands, and long strides .. shows a sense for how to infuse himself into the offensive attack .. flourishes on the powerplay as he is very adept at shifting laterally to alter his shooting lanes .. has a great point shot with impressive velocity that he keeps low and gets it on net .. progressing faster than expected, but his game still requires an added coat of polish to it yet and he needs to eliminate the stinker shifts that plague his game time-to-time .. will need to show more confidence in himself and make quicker decisions this year at the NHL level.
Projection: Two-way that defenseman plays on the powerplay.
6. Mike Moore
Vitals: 6’1” / 200 lbs.
Birthdate: December 12, 1984
Acquired: Signed as a free agent by San Jose on April 8, 2008
Scouts Comments: “Moore has been everything we expected him to be. He was a mainstay in the Worcester lineup and is physically ultra competitive. He’s a special kid, a solid citizen that cares about and protects people. He didn’t play but we called him up once already and believe he’s close to being NHL ready.” San Jose Sharks Director of Scouting Tim Burke.
Scouting Report: A thunderous hitter that is tough to play against and can change the game with one single hit .. a special person and a good hockey player .. type of defenseman that keeps the opposition honest with his open ice hits and he’s a willing fighter that stands up for his teammates .. can also be asked to line up against the oppositions top offensive threats and shut them down .. pounding physical force wins one-one-one puck battles and protects his crease .. very good defensive zone awareness .. a character guy that is good for the locker room and in the community .. has a heavy slap shot and is a strong four-way skater .. joins the offensive rush when appropriate and exploits opening seems .. must improve on his finesse passing skills and needs to consistently execute better, quicker decisions with the puck when under pressure in his own zone.
Projection: Physical shut-down defenseman.
7. William Wrenn
Vitals: 6’1” / 190 lbs.
Birthdate: March 16, 1991
Hometown: Anchorage, Alaska
Acquired: San Jose’s first choice (43rd overall) in the 2009 draft.
Scouts Comments: “He’s a great leader. He’s going to be a shut-down defender in our league but I believe he can do more too. He has good hands and really began to come on late in the year and just kept getting better as the season progressed. Above all he’s a leader and a stopper.” - San Jose Sharks Director of Scouting Tim Burke.
“He’s an excellent skater that moves the puck quickly and makes good decisions. He does not shy away from physical confrontations and plays with good overall technique in his own zone.” - San Jose Sharks scout Jack Gardiner.
“Wrenn is a solid two-way defenseman that shows good leadership qualities. He has good mobility and makes smart decisions with the puck. He will get excellent coaching at Denver.” – San Jose Sharks scout Pat Funk.
Scouting Report: Solid and efficient in every facet of the game, plus he’s a real character kid too .. at his best in his own end, where he uses a very active stick and a distinctly physical style to be a disruptive force in all important defensive areas .. gets his head up quickly, moves the puck efficiently and swiftly .. has good size, very aware defensively with his head on a swivel, and is rarely out of position .. obvious leader on the ice and in the room communicating with his teammates .. contains his man well in coverage down low in the corners and in front of the net .. his game is not about flash-‘n-dash and won’t wow you .. will never be confused for an offensive force .. needs to physically get stronger and continue to progress his burgeoning offensive skills.
Projection: Craig Rivet 2.0 Second pair shutdown defenseman and team leader.
8. Alex Stalock
Vitals: 6’0” / 185 lbs.
Birthdate: July 28, 1987
Hometown: St. Paul, Minnesota
Acquired: San Jose’s third choice (112th overall) in the 2005 draft.
Scouts Comments: “Al is a student of the game and he simply loves hockey. He was in Worcester to finish the year and he’s ready to play there, our guys that worked with him raved about him.” – San Jose Sharks Director of Scouting Tim Burke.
“He’s a real good athlete and works hard at his game. He’s cocky but in the right way. He has that mentality where if you beat me you’re not going to beat me again. He’s developing well and we are happy with his progress not only as a hockey player but as a leader.” – San Jose Sharks scout Pat Funk.
“He’s very competitive and has great hockey sense which goes into his puckhandling, which I think might be his strongest attribute.” – Sharks Goaltending Development Coach Corey Schwab.
Scouting Report: A brilliant skater and puck handler that is blessed with high-end athleticism .. similar to Marty Turco, Stalock relies on his outstanding reactionary quickness, an acrobatic glove hand, and great instincts to make most of his stops .. more disciplined in his technique now and was the best goalie in the NCAA last season .. a natural born leader and this translates to the ice .. capable of stealing a game on his own and often rises to the occasion and will play his best in the most important game .. can be reckless at times between the crease chasing after pucks and at times he’ll overhandle the puck .. will have to become accustomed to the grind of professional hockey and adjusted to handling the puck with the trapezoid.
Projection: Starting NHL goaltender or back-up.
9. Justin Daniels
Vitals: 6’2” / 170 lbs.
Birthdate: June 7, 1989
Hometown: Suffern, New York
Acquired: San Jose’s first choice (62nd overall) in the 2008 draft.
Scouts Comments: “You’re going to have to give us a break on Justin Daniels, he will be a good player in a couple of years once he gets stronger. He’s a guy that has hockey sense, play making ability and range. His body is still trying to catch up with him.” – San Jose Sharks Director of Scouting Tim Burke.
“He’s a good skater and a very tough kid. Justin’s an excellent playmaker and goal scorer with a tremendous shot.” – San Jose Sharks scout Jack Gardiner.
“Justin is a playmaker who really sees the rink. He’s going to be a good college player at Northeastern next year.” – San Jose Sharks scout Pat Funk.
Scouting Report: A terrific playmaker with soft hands and rangy puck handling skills .. has outstanding vision and patience with the puck .. his finesse skills and creativity are exceptional .. has a tall frame to grow into and can already escape out of congested areas with possession of the puck .. a swift skater that boasts good speed with the puck and long strides .. will require another 3-4 years of patience because he severely needs to add strength to fulfilled his promise .. defensive play isn’t bad but it needs work and he needs to become more assertive in traffic areas.
Projection: Skilled, finesse playmaking second line center.
10. Taylor Doherty Position: Defenseman Vitals: 6’7” / 218 lbs. Birthdate: March 2, 1991 Hometown: Cambridge, Ontario Acquired: San Jose’s second choice (57th overall) in the 2009 draft Scouts Comments: “He’s a big kid and bigger guys take longer to develop. We believe eventually his athleticism is going to come through and I don’t mind that he’s facing some adversity right now with Kingston; I like to see how players handle it. Often times the kids that are on bad teams that are trying to do too much are often hungrier and turn out pretty good because of it.” - San Jose Sharks Director of Scouting Tim Burke.
“Doherty has tremendous size and is a steady defender. He’s a stay-at-home defenseman that is a good puck mover and is strong in his own end.” – San Jose Sharks scout Rob Grillo.
“He has great size and mobility. He’s a good skater for his size and uses his size and reach well. He’s a solid shut down defenseman that moves the puck well.” – San Jose Sharks scout Pat Funk.
Scouting Report: Doherty has the type of size that is rare to find in a player that can skate and handle the puck as well as he can .. his physical gifts are exceptional, as he’s a huge specimen that can really skate .. can be an intimidating physical presence and can also push the puck up the ice with his skating ability .. has the potential to develop into a very good shut-down defender .. can dominate when he plays aggressively and with confidence .. struggles with his decision making and a lack of confidence .. prone to not processing the game quick enough and will cough up the puck in bad spots .. lots of potential in this young rearguard that already has extensive international experience.
Projection: A complete boom-or-bust proposition.
11. Frazer McLaren
Position: Left Winger
Vitals: 6’5” / 225 lbs.
Birthdate: October 29, 1987
Hometown: Winnipeg, Manitoba
Acquired: San Jose’s eighth selection (203rd overall) in the 2007 draft.
Scouts Comments: “Frazer has great size and is a tough kid that will go to the net. He really improved a lot last year and really worked hard on his skating. He will be competing for a spot with the big club this year.” – San Jose Sharks Scout Pat Funk.
Scouting Report: He is an imposing combination of a gigantic sized frame, incomparable toughness, and a talent for fighting .. he’s a huge man that knows how to fight and land body checks that energize his squad .. solid defensively and a good penalty-killer .. his long reach and active stick allows him to disrupt the oppositions passing lanes .. bulldozes his way to the net and stations himself there .. doesn’t always give himself enough credit and really became a player late last season .. skates well for a player of his size and can swallow up a lot of ice with his elongated strides, but he must continue to work on his agility .. was a scorer in junior and is capable of going to the net and whacking one home once in awhile .. rapidly developing into one of those rare enforcers that can play too, helping his team five-on-five and on special teams.
Projection: Enforcer that can chip in on the penalty-kill and crash the net.
12. Jason Demers
Vitals: 6’1” / 185 lbs.
Birthdate: June 9, 1988
Hometown: Dorval, Quebec
Acquired: San Jose’s sixth choice (186th overall) in the 2008 draft
Scouts Comments: “You could say that he’s coming faster than expected, but remember he’s already 21 years old and was the best defenseman in the Quebec league when we drafted him. He contributes in a lot of ways that helps teams win.” – San Jose Sharks Director of Scouting Tim Burke.
Scouting Report: Slick, confident rearguard who shines at moving the puck and has articulate hockey-sense.. a quick thinker that makes smart/confident choices on the ice .. budding powerplay quarterback with quick hands and a quick point shot .. twists and turns to avoid forechecking pressure and feeds his teammates with stick-to-stick passes .. lacks explosive footspeed but has dependable acceleration .. underrated a bit defensively and physically .. fearless going to the corners and will pop guys in the open-ice .. not as strong of a player in his own end as he is offensively .. makes some questionable decisions in the defensive end, especially down low, and will hold onto the puck for too long at times .. needs to keep getting stronger.
Projection: Solid two-way puck moving blue liner.
13. Steven Zalewski
Vitals: 5’11” / 190 lbs.
Birthdate: August 20,1986
Hometown: Utica, New York
Acquired: San Jose’s fifth choice (153rd overall) in the 2004 draft.
Scouts Comments: “He got hurt last year and he’s a kid that never got hurt before. He will do whatever the team needs to win. You want him to check he’ll check, he will do a lot of the things that teams need but don’t show up on the stat sheet.” – San Jose Sharks Director of Scouting Tim Burke.
Scouting Report: An intelligent, well-rounded forward who plays a competitive two-way game .. a detailed player with strong playmaking abilities and sports a terrific shooting release .. patient and always accountable defensively – stays behind the puck, supporting his wingers and making timely thrusts into deep offensive positions .. can kill penalties .. sees the ice well and while he’s not overly big or assertive, he does bounce off checks exploiting his good balance .. stays involved thanks to his sharp positional sense .. will need to work on his conditioning and strength, as it was obvious that he hit the rookie wall half-way through last year .. decent skater, just lacks dynamic wheels .. needs to stay healthy and work on his faceoffs.
Projection: Third or fourth line center
14. Henrik Karlsson Position: Goaltender Vitals: 6’6” / 215 lbs. Birthdate: November 27, 1983 Hometown: Stockholm, Sweden Acquired: Signed as a free-agent on August 12, 2009. Scouts Comments: “”He has good blocking skills and ability to use his size and stay patient.” – San Jose Sharks Director of Scouting Tim Burke.
“He’s obviously a big guy but he moves pretty well too. He’s a patient goaltender and doesn’t just hit the butterfly on every save. Our scouts have tracked him over the last couple of years and liked his progression.” – Sharks Goaltending Development Coach Corey Schwab.
Scouting Report: A colossal sized goaltender that moves quickly on his feet, Karlsson is also a calm and patient goaltender that makes shooters commit the first move .. a modern, blocking style goaltender with a quick glove hand and great net coverage .. tends to go down a bit early but covers large portions of the net with his expansive 6-foot-6 frame, as he can expand his upper body to fill the top corners while down on his knees .. smooth and imposing moving laterally into his butterfly and is difficult to beat low thanks to his strong legs .. just aggressive enough, Karlsson could challenge more in certain situations as he tends to stay back deep in his crease and rely heavily on his size and reactions.
Projection: Starting goaltender or capable back-up.
15. Tyson Sexsmith
Vitals: 6’0” / 210 lbs.
Birthdate: March 19, 1989
Hometown: Priddis, Alberta
Acquired: San Jose's fourth selection (91st overall) in the 2007 draft.
Scouts Comments: “Sexsmith is very mature for his age far as reading the game goes, his hockey sense, and being right on the puck. He’s athletically advanced too and plays a butterfly, combo style.” – San Jose Sharks Assistant General Manager Wayne Thomas.
“He’s a technically sound goaltender with no wasted movement and he’s proven he can handle a heavy workload.” – San Jose Sharks Goaltending Development Coach Corey Schwab.
Scouting Report: Smooth hybrid goalie who plays a calm, economical style .. has the tools to be a future leader in the net at the NHL level .. boasts mental maturity and toughness .. poised under pressure with few unneeded movements .. mechanically polished, very competitive, and his athleticism is underrated .. fast and fluid going in and out of his butterfly .. compact and quick moving laterally .. proven workhorse with great experience already and remains composed in tense situations .. has always had the benefit of playing behind a great defense in Vancouver, so it’s going to be an interesting to see how Sexsmith handles the adjustment of facing a greater variety of difficult shots this year in the AHL.
Projection: Starting NHL goaltender or back-up.
16. Harri Sateri
Vitals: 6’1” / 190 lbs.
Birthdate: December 29, 1989
Hometown: Toijala, Finland
Acquired: San Jose’s third selection (106th overall) in the 2008 draft.
Scouts Comments: “People don’t give him enough credit for the year he had last season. He played in a top men’s league on a poor team and put up good numbers. There is no rush in bringing him over to North America.” – San Jose Sharks Director of Scouting Tim Burke.
“He moves well and has strong fundamentals. He’s got a solid and strong build with a good presence in the net. He’s been very receptive to coaching.” – San Jose Sharks Goaltending Development Coach Corey Schwab.
Scouting Report: He’s a very quick and well trained butterfly goaltender .. an intelligent netminder with a polished technique and good instincts .. has fast lateral movement and his athleticism enables him to make sprawling saves .. as with all European goaltenders, the ability for Sateri to adjust to the North American rinks is a question mark .. exposes parts of the net when sliding laterally, especially up high, where he’s too easily beaten and needs to continue to work on his glove and blocker .. prone to allowing the occasional bad goal.
Projection: Starter in the NHL or a career European leaguer.
17. Patrick White
Vitals: 6’1” / 200 lbs.
Birthdate: January 20, 1989
Hometown: Grand Rapids, Minnesota
Acquired: Trade with Vancouver on August 28, 1989
Scouts Comments: “He’s a former first-round pick and we feel he gives us more depth at the forward position. We will keep monitoring him during his junior season at Minnesota.” – San Jose Sharks scout Pat Funk.
Scouting Report: Has good size, skills, and a great shot, but has underachieved since being drafted because of his soft play and unsatisfactory competitiveness .. has silky hands and boldly employees electric stick fakes to freeze defenders .. can stickhandle through traffic and maintain possession .. more of a goal scorer than a player maker (has a great shot, quick/lively release with excellent torch, and precision accuracy), but he does see the ice well and can pass the puck up ice without losing stride .. skates with swiftness while in possession .. defensively aware of his assignments but too often he forfeits the puck over to hungrier opponents .. lacks any physical dimension to his game and must begin to compete .. will never make it to the NHL if he doesn’t begin to battle harder in one-on-one situations .. must shed the label of being a soft player.
Projection: 2nd line scorer or bust.
18. Kevin Henderson
Position: Left Wing
Vitals: 6’3” / 210 lbs.
Birthdate: December 3, 1986
Hometown: Toronto, Ontario
Acquired: Signed as a free agent by San Jose on April 22, 2009
Scouts Comments: “Henderson is a kid that we liked when he was in junior with the Kitchener Rangers. He has made a lot of progress since then and his team won the championship this year. He’s going to be a solid two-way winger that can also score some goals.” – San Jose Sharks Director of Scouting Tim Burke
Scouting Report: A versatile two-way forward that can play either wing or center, Henderson is a fast skater that always keeps his feet moving .. will drive his way to the net and score some goals, but he has limited playmaking ability and vision .. a great forechecker that uses his speed and size to win loose pucks .. has a strong work-ethic and can kill penalties .. a smart/enthusiastic player that is around the puck every shift .. he's a nice addition of depth to the Sharks organization and should see NHL duty in the near future because of his size and skating.
Projection: Two-way winger that can play in all situations.
19. Benn Ferriero
Vitals: 5’11” / 192 lbs.
Birthdate: April 29, 1987
Hometown: Boston, Massachusetts
Acquired: Signed as a free-agent by San Jose in August, 2009
Scouts Comments: “He’s a skilled guy, a competitor with skill. Guys like him tend to overachieve and it’s hard to predict just how far he will go.” – San Jose Sharks scout Pat Funk.
Scouting Report: A competitive forward with some skill, Ferriero projects to be a solid grinder who can chip in the occasional offense .. has a pretty good hybrid game-he’s got an offensive part and gritty part of his game .. well balanced skater with a solid top gear and a decent first step but lacks explosiveness .. owns an accurate wrist shot with a good release and is an adequate play maker that quarterbacked the powerplay in college .. moves the puck well, has decent vision and mild creativity .. has average size but he’s relentless in pursuit of the puck and finishes all of his checks .. strong on the forecheck and plays feisty physical game .. executes well in traffic with the puck, creates space for himself on the cycle, and will score goals from in close because he fearlessly crashes the net.
Projection: Competitive third/fourth liner who can score some too.
20. Tommy Wingels
Vitals: 6’0” / 185 lbs.
Birthdate: April 12, 1988
Hometown: Evanston, Illinois
Acquired: San Jose’s fifth choice (177th overall) in the 2008 draft.
Scouts Comments: “He really came on in the NCAA tournament in the spring of 2008. We looked at him in his first draft year in the USHL, but we were worried about his offense. He got into college in his first year and answered the offense question and he’s a competitor.” – San Jose Sharks Director of Scouting Tim Burke.
Scouting Report: A clutch performer that elevates his play in the biggest of games .. a valued penalty killer that can also provide timely offense .. moves his feet and gets activated on the forecheck with his quick, lively acceleration .. displays a good feel for the game and a gift for exploiting space .. takes pride in his defensive play and is a timely shot blocker .. he’s not all that big but is deceptively sturdy on his skates and on the puck because he moves his feet well to work off of checks .. offensive ceiling at the NHL level will always be the question mark.
Projection: Versatile third/fourth liner in the NHL that can play center or wing.
21. Brandon Mashinter
Position: Left Wing
Vitals: 6’4” / 235 lbs.
Birthdate: September 20, 1988
Hometown: Bradford, Ontario
Acquired: Signed by San Jose as a free agent on March 3, 2009
Scouts Comments: “He is more of a physical force and a huge kid, but with added ice time he produced more offensively and has some ability.” – San Jose Sharks Director of Scouting Tim Burke.
Scouting Report: He’s a colossal sized winger and could make a living chucking the knuckles .. excels in a bump and grind role that makes life difficult for the opposition .. he’s a massive body and a physical force that causes formidable containment problems when battling to find open space and harnessing his superior size .. not flashy, yet has nice hands and can finish with a tricky wrist shot .. can chew up a lot of ice with just a couple of strides but he needs to keep working on his acceleratory quickness.. physical and adds a presence to the ice that opens up room for his linemates .. a great kid with a lot of character that will dig in to do what it takes to improve .. needs to play with continuing intensity, as his play does waiver at times .. it was impressive to see Mashinter progress offensively last season, now he needs to prove he can do it in the pros.
Projection: Big and rugged winger that can fight and create space for his teammates.
22. Julien Demers
Vitals: 6’1” / 215 lbs.
Birthdate: September 25, 1989
Hometown: Ottawa, Ontario
Acquired: San Jose’s fourth choice (146th overall) in the 2008 draft.
Scouts Comments: “He’s a real physical and tough kid with a good blend to his game. He needs some work to refine what kind of player he’s going to be. He’s got some offense and physicality, but we need to get him focused on a type of role.” – San Jose Sharks Director of Scouting Tim Burke.
Scouting Report: A well built two-way defenseman that saw all facets of his game improve last year .. can contribute at both ends of the rink by making life difficult for the oppositions top offensive threats and can also create some offensive chances as well .. suitably defends deep within his own zone and uses his size to lean on opponents .. his agility and quick stick allows him to flick the puck out of harms way .. naturally aggressive and does a good job neutralizing his man in front and intimidating the opposition without taking bad penalties .. his vision and hockey sense are just average .. his agility and footwork have come a long way in a short amount of time, but his skating still needs work .. must continue to play within his limitations, as he can get into trouble when he begins trying to do too much.
Projection: Solid #5-7 NHL defenseman.
23. Philip Varone
Birthdate: December 4, 1990
Hometown: Vaughan, Ontario
Acquired: San Jose’s third choice (147th overall) in the 2009 Draft.
Scouts Comments: “We kept watching him get better and better last year and then he had a great playoff. He’s sturdy on his feet and makes a lot of plays. His size doesn’t concern me because he’s thick and is an offensive guy that can execute in traffic. We wanted him but we didn’t want to reach on him either and we are happy with the value that we got. Because he’s a guy that spends a lot of time in traffic people come to the conclusion that he’s an abrasive guy, but he knows how to pick his spots. He’s going to put up some big numbers in the OHL this year.” – San Jose Sharks Director of Scouting Tim Burke.
“Varone is a skilled two-way forward that can kill penalties and play in all-situations. He’s a good skater and has good hands. He plays with a lot of grit and had a great playoff.” – San Jose Sharks scout Rob Grillo.
Scouting Report: A quick, abrasive forward with good hands and offensive skills, Varone is a streaky scorer with a goal scorer’s mentality .. has quick hands and very good release .. his individual skill set and creativity allows him to play either wing or center .. makes clever plays with the puck .. surprises defenseman with his determination and can also create plays off the rush .. can gain separation with his speed .. motor is always running and isn’t afraid to stick his nose into dirty areas .. lacks size and some wonder if his body will break down because of his feisty style of play .. mature kid off the ice, looks you in the eye when he speaks .. a true gamer and competes hard, especially in offensive situations.
Projection: Organizational depth guy who can put up good numbers in the minors, but with his determination and grit you can’t put anything past him.
24. Samuel Groulx
Vitals: 6’2” / 185 lbs.
Birthdate: June 28, 1990
Hometown: Gatineau, Quebec
Acquired: San Jose’s second choice (92nd overall) in the 2008 draft.
Scouts Comments: “He’s a solid defenseman that is difficult to play against. He’s a very good shutdown defenseman and is conscientious at his game. We feel his offense is starting to come around. He has an edge to him when he plays and he’s not a crazy player, but he makes you pay.” – San Jose Sharks Director of Scouting Tim Burke.
Scouting Report: Groulx is the type of rearguard that is lined up against the opposition’s top offensive threats and is asked to shut them down on a nightly basis .. his strengths are his hockey sense and his competitiveness .. he has good size and is only going to get stronger .. able to sustain tight gaps defending the rush and wears opponents down with his steady and efficient physical play .. right now he lacks strength and has a funny skating stride .. he needs to get a little bit lower in his stride .. despite seeing some time on the powerplay in junior, Groulx didn't progress much offensively last season and still needs to work on his skills.
Projection: Third pairing shut-down defenseman.
25. Patrik Zackrisson
Vitals: 5’11” / 190
Birthdate: March 27, 1987
Hometown: Ekero, Sweden
Acquired: San Jose’s fifth choice (165th overall) in the 2007 Draft.
Scouts Comments: “He had a pretty good year last season. In fact, he made it on to the national team and played in some exhibition games. Now that doesn’t guarantee that he will be a player in the NHL, but it’s often a good sign when their national team likes him and it helps his progress. We will see what happens this year, but there is no rush to bring him over. He’s a player who has really come on since his draft year.” – San Jose Sharks Director of Scouting Tim Burke.
Scouting Report: An industrious two-way player and a smooth skater with good agility and swift acceleration .. his anticipatory skills and hockey sense enable him to be positionally sound .. possesses underrated hands and moves the puck well with above-average vision of the ice .. a reliable player away from the puck and a solid penalty killer that maintains an active stick .. back checks hard and while he’s not always the first guy in on the forecheck, he reads the oppositions breakout well and does a good job intercepting outlet passes .. lacks a fast top gear and could be more selfish with the puck, but he does have good technical skills and will go into traffic areas .. lacks prototypical size and would be much higher on this list if he was definitely committed to coming over to North America.
Projection: 2nd/3rd line forward or he will stay home in Sweden.
26. Daniel Rahimi
Vitals: 6’3” / 215 lbs.
Birthdate: April 28, 1987
Hometown: Umea, Sweden
Acquired: Trade with Vancouver on August 28, 2009
Scouts Comments: "There will be talks with Rahimi's agent as to whether the defenseman will play in the AHL or return to Sweden next season." - General Manager Doug Wilson.
Scouting Report: Big and strong stay-at-home defenseman that is good in his own end with no hesitation to play physical .. more efficient and steady than flashy, Rahimi's game is defense .. has a good reach and range .. positions himself well in the defensive zone and protects the defensive line whenever possible .. his foot quickness needs work .. skating is the issue, as it is average at best, although it did improve over the course of last season .. won’t provide much offense, as he is defensive conscious even up ice .. puts the puck in good places in the offensive zone, but not a threat to score .. makes good short, little plays with the puck, rather than try to throw the home run pass .. does not handle the puck for long, instead he tries to get rid of it quickly.
Projection: 6th or 7th defenseman on an NHL roster.
27. Joe Loprieno
Vitals: 6’3” / 225 lbs.
Birthdate: October 8, 1986
Hometown: Bloomingdale, Illinois
Acquired: Signed by San Jose as a free agent on March 30, 2009. Scouts Comments: “He’s a big, physical defenseman that shoots the puck hard and has a physical nature to him. We wanted a big defenseman with a right handed shot and he fills that for us.” – San Jose Sharks Director of Scouting Tim Burke.
“Joe is a tough, physical player who has shown a tremendous amount of progress in the Merrimack hockey program.” – San Jose Sharks General Manager Doug Wilson.
Scouting Report: Has great size and strength to go along with a hard to play against-physical game .. protects his net militantly, exploiting most opportunities to initiate contact .. loves to look for big hits and is physical in the corners .. has a hard right-handed point shot .. a valued penalty-killer that uses his long reach well .. a decent to good skater, but is not blessed with great quickness or footspeed, yet compensates with his strength and tenacity .. must continue to work on his transition game and first pass, although both saw marked improvements over the last season.
Projection: A big and physical stay-at-home defenseman.
28. Justin Braun
Vitals: 6’1” / 180 lbs.
Birthdate: February 10, 1987
Hometown: St. Paul, Minnesota
Acquired: San Jose’s seventh choice (201st overall) in the 2007 draft.
Scouts Comments: “Back at the draft we wanted to get another defenseman and we thought he was the one guy that we were willing to take.” – San Jose Sharks Director of Scouting Tim Burke.
Scouting Report: Intelligent and mobile two-way defenseman that plays around 25 minutes a night in college .. boasts encompassing mobility and marries that with soft hands .. composed under pressure – able to dissolve forechecking heat and make a safe first pass .. his fluent skating allows him to escape oncoming dangers .. has the offensive instincts to quarterback the powerplay .. defensively has solid positioning and good anticipation .. more of a puck mover than a stopper, Braun needs to strengthen his frame and begin to play more physical .. his slender frame will always be a concern until he bulks up and it’s a slight against his game that won’t be disproved until he gets it done at the AHL or NHL level.
Projection: Third pairing puck-moving defenseman or career AHL powerplay quarterback.
29. Marek Viedenskey
Vitals: 6’4”/ 185 lbs.
Birthdate: August 18, 1990
Hometown: Handlova, Slovakia
Acquired: San Jose’s fourth choice (189th overall) in the 2009 Draft.
Scouts Comments: “He’s more of a two-way guy and we actually had him rated highly in his original draft year. We really liked him at the World Juniors and we made our guys follow up on him in the WHL. We went in and saw him on the road and saw him in the playoffs with Prince George and there is definitely something there in Viedenskey. He’s a guy who is going to put up some points in his league next year and really come on. He plays the whole sheet of the ice and we had him targeted so we made sure to get him.” – San Jose Sharks Director of Scouting Tim Burke.
Scouting Report: Has size but lacks mass and is very wiry .. savvy two-way centerman who does a studious job at positioning himself on the defensive side of the puck .. useful penalty-killer that suffocates his man with his defensive coverage .. skates with long strides that eat up a lot of the ice once he gains a head of steam, although he needs to add more explosion to his first step which is a bit slushy and he still suffers from some co-ordination issues .. puck skills are erratic but serviceable, as his long arms can let go a crisp snap shot at full speed and he receives difficult passes well .. subtly skilled - more efficient than flashy .. not a soft player and does own a long reach, but the immediete needs are to add strength, more sandpaper, and improve his puck protection.
Projection: Third or fourth line center.
30. Dominik Bielke
Vitals: 6’3” / 200 lbs.
Birthdate: October 23, 1990
Hometown: Berlin, Germany
Acquired: San Jose’s fifth choice (207th overall) in the 2009 Draft.
Scouts Comments: “He has a little bit of Ehrhoff in him. We really like his range, he has a good reach, has a good stick, and he can shoot the puck. We liked him at the World Juniors and we had our guys follow him in the second half of the season. We saw him again at a Swedish tournament late in the year and all of our reports were very consistent. This kid is in a good situation over there for his development. His skating needs work, like all tall kids we need to get him to bend his knees more and get him stronger.” – San Jose Sharks Director of Scouting Tim Burke.
Scouting Report: A good sized defenseman with promising offensive skills .. has a heavy point shot, sees the ice well, and can move the puck out of his own zone with a crisp breakout .. has some natural instincts and tools that can’t be taught .. innately identifies when to pinch into the offensive attack and acts as a triggerman on the point .. a blossoming presence with the puck and shelters it well with his big frame .. a hungry defender that gets himself into trouble trying to do too much .. activates his long stick well, however his feet are heavy and he doesn’t change directions fluidly .. can be beaten wide with speed off the rush and has trouble staying with guys in the corners who can change direction quickly .. inconsistently uses his size, could be meaner in front of the net.
Projection: His size and offensive tools give him a chance to be a player.
31. John McCarthy
Position: Left Wing
Vitals: 6’1” / 195 lbs.
Birthdate: August 9, 1986
Hometown: Boston, Massachusetts
Acquired: San Jose’s fifth choice (202nd overall) in the 2006 Draft.
Scouts Comments: “He’s a kid that plays really hard and he’s the kind of player that does what coaches ask him to do. He really does a lot of dirty jobs for a hockey team.” – San Jose Sharks Director of Scouting Tim Burke.
Scouting Report: An unselfish player that doesn’t care about how many points he gets, McCarthy’s in it to win it and can kill penalties .. more than the sum of his parts and his sharp hockey sense helps make up for his lack of dynamic physical ability .. mature and responsible defensively – stays in lanes and is conscientious in support .. leads his teammates by example and is a disciplined shot blocker .. unassuming offensively but helps keeping plays alive and can set picks to open up ice for his teammates .. likely won’t ever be overly productive offensively – lacks power in his skating stride and needs to work on his hands and finishing on the offensive side .. his hockey sense and hard work give him a shot to play on a checking line someday.
Projection: Fourth line winger or organizational depth player.
32. Matt Jones
Position: Right Wing
Vitals: 6’4” / 205 lbs.
Birthdate: January 13, 1986
Hometown: Kentwood, Wisconsin
Acquired: Signed as a free-agent by the Sharks on March 28th, 2009
Scouts Comments: “This kid had some bad luck last year, in his first year of professional hockey he gets a broken jaw and a concussion. We think he will come back strong this year and have a good season.” – San Jose Sharks Director of Scouting Tim Burke.
Scouting Report: A big winger that has some skill and can score, but his offensive production was dismal in his rookie year with Worcester .. has quality hands and he sees the ice well and makes smart plays with the puck .. defensive awareness is progressing and he’s gotten better at covering his assignments, but the reads in his own zone still don’t come instinctively to him .. a bow-legged skater with decent speed once he gains a head of steam, however he’s slow changing directions and still must get quicker and improve on his agility .. has great size but he needs to get stronger and play more physical.
Projection: 3rd line power winger or career minor leaguer.
33. Drew Daniels
Position: Right Wing
Vitals: 6’2” / 175 lbs.
Birthdate: June 7, 1989
Hometown: Suffern, New York
Acquired: San Jose’s seventh choice (194th overall) in the 2008 Draft.
Scouts Comments: “It wasn’t so much trying to get both Justin and Drew together, but Drew was still there and we figured it was good value so we took them both. We think that they’ve been growing the last few years and getting a lot stronger and they’re skilled players.” – San Jose Sharks Director of Scouting Tim Burke.
“Drew’s strong points are his corner work and ability to make plays in traffic. He’s going to be a good player at Northeastern next year.” – San Jose Sharks scout Pat Funk.
Scouting Report: Was drafted four rounds later than his twin brother because he is not as skilled or creative as Justin .. an adequate skater and his stride has decent strength behind it, but he lacks first step quickness and doesn’t have a dynamic gear of speed .. hands are good enough to allow him to maintain control of the puck in traffic .. shots have velocity and bite, but he is more of a grinder than a skill forward .. okay penalty killer .. does a good job winning puck battles along the wall, aids in breaking the puck out of his own end .. gritty and physical, Drew’s game should begin to blossom once he adds requisite strength.
Projection: Fourth line right winger.