(Originally published at Sports Radio Service)
The San Jose Sharks were poised for a busy draft weekend, but as the weekend wrapped up, they had not made any blockbuster moves. They seem to be close to filling out their coaching staff, but still need a starting goalie and probably another defenseman.
With the 9th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, the Sharks selected Swiss forward Timo Meier. The Sharks traded up in the second round to select Canadian defenseman Jeremy Roy. The Sharks traded a 2016 second round pick and a sixth round pick in 2016 to the Colorado Avalanche for the 31st overall pick. Their third round pick went for American goaltender Mike Robinson. In all, the Sharks used nine picks in this year’s draft. The full list can be found on the Sharks’ website.
The Sharks traded a seventh round (210th overall) pick in this year’s draft to Vancouver for 23 year old defenseman Patrick McNally. He was drafted by the Canucks in the fourth round of the 2010 draft and has played the past four seasons for Harvard University. From the Sharks’ press release:
In 2014-15, McNally notched 21 points (six goals, 15 assists) in 21 games, which placed him eighth on the team in scoring. He also added 10 penalty minutes and finished +16.
In his freshman season (2011-12), McNally was named to the ECAC All-Rookie Squad, was a finalist for the ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Year and named to the ECAC Hockey All-League third team. He ranked eighth nationally among all rookies and eight among all defensemen with .82 points per game.
Also on the trade front, the Sharks were said to be very close to acquiring veteran defenseman Kevin Bieksa from Vancouver, but that either fell through or was false from the get go.
The Sharks did trade negotiating rights to pending free agent and goaltender Antti Niemi to the Dallas Stars. Reports have the Stars close to a contract with Niemi. This does not mean that Kari Lehtonen, Dallas goalie of six season, will be moving. Dallas GM Jim Nill reportedly wants the two Finns to act as a solid veteran tandem this coming season.
The Sharks received the 193rd pick in this year’s draft in exchange for Niemi’s rights. They used the pick on goaltender John Kupsky of Wisconsin.
The Sharks have resigned rookie goaltender Troy Grosenick to a two year deal, but this still leaves San Jose in need of a veteran unless they are prepared to go forward with Alex Stalock as a starter.
A number of goaltenders have been moved this summer, including the New York Ranger’s Cam Talbot (to Edmonton), Ottawa’s Robin Lehner (to Buffalo), Vancouver’s Eddie Lack (to Carolina), Carolina’s Khudobin (to Anaheim) and Chicago’s Antti Raanta (to the New York Rangers).
The Sharks finalized a two-year contract extension for Melker Karlsson, the Swedish forward who just finished an outstanding first NHL season. The Sharks also announced contract signings for prospects Petter Emanuelsson, Karl Stollery and Jeremy Langlois.
On the coaching front, the Sharks have all but announced that Bob Boughner will be one of Peter DeBoer’s assistants next season. Boughner’s prior NHL coaching experience was in 2010-11 with the Columbus Blue Jackets. His career coaching junior hockey was very successful, including two coach of the year awards.
Adam Oates may be the next assistant added to DeBoer’s staff but nothing has been made official there.
Notables likely to move this summer include Chicago’s Patrick Sharp. The cap-strapped Blackhawks have long known they would have hard choices to make as the contract extensions to Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews loomed. Whether Sharp is a fit for the Sharks (and really he is a fit for any team) or whether the Sharks will cut a deal with Chicago is unclear.