San Jose Sharks GM Doug Wilson always seems to come alive this time of year. With a little over a month before the NHL trade deadline, stories of Wilson on the prowl have crept into the Twitter feeds, blogs and trade talk of Hockey Nation.
Wilson's reputation as a trade machine even garnered the attention of NBC Sports' Pro Hockey Talk, where he recently explained the trade strategy he has when dealing with other teams.
Even worse this season for competing GMs, Wilson has players to trade and teams are more than interested.
Instead of the usual pattern of Wilson inquiring about players and going to teams himself, teams will be coming to him this season because he has players that could be of great value to them.
Antero Niittymaki has not been shy when expressing his frustration as the "third guy" in net for the Sharks. He is sure to be traded before the February 27 deadline.
Other Sharks that could be on the trading block are a part of the depth on defense.
Jason Demers and Justin Braun come to mind if Wilson wants to deal for support on the top two lines while Martin Havlat is still recovering from injury. Also, do not be surprised if Torrey Mitchell's name gets thrown around if Wilson covets a more seasoned player on the third line.
Here are three players Wilson is sure to inquire about before February 27.