NHL Draft 2012: Grading Each San Jose Sharks Pick

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NHL Draft 2012: Grading Each San Jose Sharks Pick
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Doug Wilson consulting with then-San Jose Sharks coach Ron Wilson

The 2012 NHL draft was the most important for the San Jose Sharks since Doug Wilson's draft as general manager in 2003.

For one, San Jose had its worst finish since the 2002-03 season. That means Wilson has his earliest selection by round in his tenure.

Because he expended the prospect pool last summer in another push to win now, he needs to replenish the system with young talent. Except he compounded that problem by also trading away picks.

To his credit, however, Wilson added value via trade, mostly by switching out of next year's fourth round and into this year's. He also gave up his seventh-round pick in this draft, but anyone the Sharks want with fewer than 20 picks to go in the draft probably can be signed as an undrafted free agent.

Wilson had the following to say (via the San Francisco Chronicle, June 24) about this year's draft:

"We're pleased with what we accomplished this year. The truth will be told in future years with how they can help our team."

And that is just it. The scope of any draft cannot truly be analyzed until five years from now.

Exactly two years ago—four years after being drafted—Michael Grabner looked to be a complete bust. Then he looked every bit worth it after a Calder Trophy finalist season, but dropped 40 percent in production his sophomore season.

But that does not stop us from trying. The indefinite nature of analyzing draft picks is exactly why they are great debate topics.

Central Scouting is a widely accepted standard for prospects, however, and composed by people with far more hockey knowledge than I have. Hence, each pick is graded against that standard.

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