San Jose Sharks: Doug Wilson's Worst Moves by Season

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San Jose Sharks: Doug Wilson's Worst Moves by Season
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One of Doug Wilson's first personnel moves was drafting Milan Michalek

The San Jose Sharks are the Susan Lucci of the NHL. She came up empty on her first 10 award nominations before finally winning on No. 11.

In the eight seasons Doug Wilson has been the team's general manager, the Sharks have reached every playoffs, won five division titles and been to three conference finals. The Detroit Red Wings are the only other team to accomplish that feat.

The Sharks are always on the short list of true contenders, but rarely sniff the next level. They have still never been to the Stanley Cup Finals, much less won it.

Wilson may need to consider changing directions to upgrade the team. But any analysis of him is problematic. You can't grade him especially high because he has never won anything, but he has to be among the best of the rest.

In fact, considering how close he has been, one could say he has been one or two moves away from a title. That would probably elevate him to being on par with Ken Holland as the best GM in the NHL.

Sometimes, that move might have been a trade made during the season. Other times, it was a draft pick that could have helped the team that year or down the road. Often, the bold move he made failed and slowly robbed the team of their prospect pool.

(In case you want another one, Doug, may I sell you and your counterpart on this doozy of a deal?)

The following is a list of each season's biggest mulligan for which, with the benefit of hindsight, Wilson might like a do-over.

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