The Sharks clinched the No. 6 seed in the Western Conference going into the playoffs but swept the Vancouver Canucks in the first round.
But how can a team be on this list when they only shipped players out, getting only draft picks in return?
Well, simply put, the San Jose Sharks looked better after dealing Michal Handzus to the Blackhawks, trading Douglas Murray to the Penguins and shipping Ryane Clowe to the Rangers.
Sharks GM Doug Wilson didn't seem to care that his team could be labeled as a "seller" heading into the home stretch of the season, because he knew what he had in regards to player personnel.
Wilson also knew that his team needed to get younger in the offseason. The Sharks GM did this effectively by picking up a bounty of draft picks in return for Handzus, Clowe and Murray.
The Sharks picked up a 2013 second-round pick, a 2013 third-round pick and a conditional 2014 second-round pick in exchange for Clowe, a 2013 fourth-round pick for Handzus and a 2013 second-round pick and third-round pick for Murray.
Even if the Sharks fail to advance against the Los Angeles Kings in the second round (they currently trail the Kings 1-0 in the series), Doug Wilson should still be heralded as a genius for this season's trade activity.