2010 NHL Draft – San Jose Sharks draft recap part 1

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Monday, June 28, 2010 - Save & Share - One Comment


2010 San Jose Sharks entry draft selections:


1st round (28th overall) – Charlie Coyle
Position: RW/C
2009-10: 42GP, 21G, 42A, 50PIMS South Shore Kings (EJHL)
Birthplace: Boston, MA
Size: 6-foot-2, 202-pounds
Shoots: Right

3rd round (88th overall) – Max Gaede
Position: RW
2009-10: 25GP, 19G, 17A Woodbury High (Minn.), 11GP, 1G, 1A 2PIMS Sioux City Musketeers
Birthplace: Maryland, MN
Size: 6-foot-2, 187-pounds
Shoots: Right

5th round (127th overall) – Cody Ferriero
Position: C
2009-10: 27GP, 21G, 19A Governor’s Academy (Mass.)
Birthplace: Boston, MA
Size: 5-foot-11, 190-pounds
Shoots: Right

5th round (129th overall) – Freddie Hamilton
Position: C
2009-10: 64GP, 25G, 30A, 12PIMS, Niagra IceDogs (OHL)
Birthplace: Toronto, ON
Size: 6-foot-1, 187-pounds
Shoots: Right

5th round (136th overall) – Isaac MacLeod
Position: D
2009-10: 56GP, 0G, 23A, 51PIMS Penticton Vees (BCHL)
Birthplace: Nelson, BC
Size: 6-foot-4, 205-pounds
Shoots: Left

6th round (163rd overall) – Konrad Abeltshauser
Position: D
2009-10: 48GP, 5G, 20A, 28PIMS, Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)
Birthplace: Bad Tolz, Germany
Size: 6-foot-5, 190-pounds
Shoots: Left

7th round (188th overall) – Lee Moffie
Position: D
2009-10: 29GP, 4G, 8A, 27PIMS, U. of Michigan (CCHA)
Birthplace: Wallingford, CT
Size: 6-foot-1, 200-pounds
Shoots: Left

7th round (200th overall) – Chris Crane
Position: RW
2009-10: 52GP, 15G, 14A, 107PIMS, Green Bay Gamblers (USHL)
Birthplace: Virginia Beach, VA
Size: 6-foot-0, 189-pounds
Shoots: Right

- A few rough draft notes and links coming soon. Max Giese’s more in-depth review will come later this week. His pre-draft preview is available here.

- The San Jose Sharks started with only 4 selections, but with some slick moves they were able to double their 2010 draft class to 8 players. The trade of enforcer Brad Staubitz earned a 5th round selection from Minnesota (129th overall), a Vladimir Malakhov-esque trade with Atlanta garnered a 7th round draft pick and the expiring contracts of prospects Michael Vernace (himself a former Sharks draft pick) and Brett Sterling. Atlanta needed to move contracts to get under the NHL’s contract limit in order to acquire Dustin Byfuglien. The rights to Swedish goaltender Henrik Karlsson were traded to Calgary for a 6th round selection (163rd overall), and a 7th round pick in 2011 was traded to Pittsburgh for a 2010 7th round pick (200th overall).

6-foot-2, 202-pound C/RW Charlie Coyle was the Sharks first round selection in 2010. Not a completely off the board selection, and Max Giese called it ahead of time from press row noting the work being done at the table by the Northeast scouts. Coyle is the cousin of former Jeremy Roenick teammate Tony Amonte. He is slated to attend Boston University next year, 5th round picks Cody Ferriero and Isaac MacLeod are both going to attend Boston College.

The Sharks also went large at the draft, with 6-foot-2 Coyle, 6-foot-2 Gaede, 6-foot-4 Macleod and 6-foot-5 Abeltshauser all towering over the Sharks staff that drafted them. Girth is a different factor, but the Sharks have one of the best strength and conditioning programs in the NHL. Abeltshauser was a defenseman Max Giese projected could have gone much higher in the draft, the Sharks have to be pleased to get him in the 6th round. If Cody Ferriero is anything like his brother Benn, intelligence and intensity are going to be strengths for him moving forward. Benn Ferriero and Jason Demers were the two Sharks prospects that surprised in training camp, and made their way to the NHL roster based on their performance. The Sharks also made a late move with Pittsburgh to acquire Chris Crane, an energy player that they did not want to leave on the board undrafted.

Without a full compliment of selections at recent drafts, the Sharks have been very active on the collegiate free agent market. Speaking with one scout, it may take a few years for them to start producing at the NHL level, but there is a lot of quality depth talent the Sharks have added outside the draft. Also a lot of talk about teams focusing on collegiate prospects with the time frame and cost factor matching their development structure. San Jose has the luxury of affording prospects a little more time to develop, thus giving them a little more leeway in the final draft analysis.

- As was expected, Edmonton chose Taylor Hall, the Boston Bruins get a solid addition in Tyler Seguin. The monster Phil Kessel trade for Toronto’s 2010 first and second round selections, and another first rounder in 2011, will have an impact on Boston and the NHL for several years. It may extended the rebuild for the Maple Leafs another year or three, creating even more chaos in Toronto, and give Boston the ability to reload if it has to depart with an aging star.

The story inside the Staples Center during the first round was the drop of OHL defenseman Cam Fowler and QMJHL defenseman Brandon Gormley. Fowler was expected to go very early, and Gormley was regarded as a Top-10 selection, both fall to a pair of Pacific Division rivals in Anaheim (12th) and Phoenix (13th). Anaheim got a hearty boo on enemy Los Angeles turf when their selection was introduced. Los Angeles traded up to #15 to select defenseman Derek Forbort. With two southern California natives still on the board, many Kings fans in the stands were hoping one would remain in LA.

Beau Bennet (Gardena) went to Pittsburgh at #20, the Sharks passed over Emerson Etem (Long Beach) at 28 and he ended up going to Anaheim at #29. Cool moment inside the building, Kings fans boo’d the Anaheim introduction as usual, but then cheered the socal native as he was selected. In the stands around his family were several Ducks and Sharks fans, all gave him a standing ovation as he made his way to the podium. The Sharks got a hefty boo when their selection was introduced, and several fans started a ‘cho-ker, cho-ker, cho-ker’ chant in the upper deck. Lightest moment came at #10 when the Rangers were introduced. After the floor remained silent with the team preparing to make its selection, a loud ‘Rangers Suck’ got a very well attended day 1 crowd laughing.

- After the work of the Sharks (day one, day two) and the Bay Area contingent of the Associated Press, the best local coverage of the draft came from SBN blog Fear the Fin’s Jason Plank and Matt Taylor.

FTF noted Coyle finished top-10 in many draft combine physical tests, and that he named Philadelphia Flyers forward Mike Richards as a player he models himself after based on his desire to win and compete.

Jason Plank and Matt Taylor interviewed both GM Doug Wilson and head coach Todd Mclellan, and they came away with a good quote on why the Sharks picked Coyle over socal native Emerson Etem. “”We liked both players, to be quite honest with you, However, we like Charlie a lot, we saw him a lot, and he can play many different positions. There were many players who dropped a bit today, and there were some surprises in regards to where people fell to. Charlie was a guy our staff and I identified as a player who may have gone earlier in the round,” Wilson told Fear the Fin. Sharkspage heard from the floor that a member of the Sharks scouting staff had knowledge of Coyle dating back to his youth. That may have been a contributing factor on Coyle over Etem.

Fear the Fin also got from the source information on the NHL Live report that Doug Wilson was involved in talks with Philadelphia to acquire the rights of pending UFA Evgeni Nabokov. Plank and Taylor also did a take on the Sharks late night confidential with their own Fear the Fin Confidential video recap. They talked about the selection of Coyle, the talks with Philadelphia at the draft, possible defenseman the Sharks should target, the possibility of trading Ryane Clowe, and notable draft drops.

Great information, great discussion all around.

- San Jose Mercury News columnist David Pollak posted recaps of the draft on day one and day two.

- The mainstream consensus was that this was a more subdued draft, a view shared by more than a few fans that waited through a 4-hour long day one. Pierre LeBrun and Scott Burnside noted on ESPN that it was a bit of a letdown with no fireworks. LeBrun said the buildup with the Halak trade, Horton and Byfuglien trades did not lead to more on draft day. He also said that this could be a different kind of offseason, with teams making moves throughout instead of a flood at the start of July 1st.

The Globe and Mail’s Eric Duhatschek gave the NHL two minutes for snoozing. Duhatschek did conceed props to Boston and Florida (the Panthers had 9 picks in the top 100). The Hockey News draft panel featuring Ryan Dixon, Rory Boylen and former Minnesota Wild assistant GM Tom Thompson noted that a lot of the big moves never took place, no Tomas Kaberle trade, broke down the composition of the NHL and where players are coming from (most players from Canada juniors, “Denmark trying to join Sweden and Finland”), and discussed team philosophies in the later rounds and the entertaining Karill Kabanov.

TSN’s Darren Dreger reported that the Toronto Maple Leafs had 5 offers at the draft for defenseman Tomas Kaberle, it is not clear if any of them included a first round draft pick. The nattily attired Bob McKenzie wrote that it was an unpredictable and interesting draft, with the moves up the draft board by Joey Hishon and Mark Visentin, that Forbort was an obvious pick at #15 for Los Angeles, and that Etem selected 29th was great drama for the first round.

[Update] NHL draft leaves Kings, Ducks, California players smiling – Helene Elliott for the Los Angeles Times.

Everybody got a little bit of what they wanted Friday in the first round of the NHL entry draft, though the wait was unexpectedly short for some and agonizingly long for others.

The Edmonton Oilers, picking first before a crowd of 11,052 at Staples Center, got a potential franchise player in left wing Taylor Hall of Windsor of the Ontario Hockey League. That gift-wrapped prolific center Tyler Seguin for the scoring-challenged Boston Bruins, who grabbed the 18-year-old who had been ranked No. 1 by the NHL’s Central Scouting Bureau…

When they came to rest nearly four hours later, the first NHL draft staged in California became the first to feature two California-born-and-trained players. Right wing Beau Bennett of Gardena went 20th to Pittsburgh, the earliest a Californian has been chosen, and right wing Emerson Etem was picked 29th by the Ducks.

Are the San Jose Sharks a Californian team? Not according to the Times. So-cal bias.

[Update2] Draft grades from the O.C. Register’s Eric Stephens and Yahoo’s Ryan Lambert.

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