Ranking the 5 Best 1st-Round Draft Picks in San Jose Sharks History

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Ranking the 5 Best 1st-Round Draft Picks in San Jose Sharks History
Tony Avelar/Associated Press
Patrick Marleau is among the top five 1st-round picks in Sharks' history.

While not all great NHL players are acquired in the draft, great teams have to be able to draft well or they won't be successful over the long run. The San Jose Sharks are no exception.

Here is a look at the five best first-round draft picks in Sharks' history. Keep in mind a few ground rules for this list: Players are judged solely on how they performed for the Sharks. Therefore, a player like Viktor Kozlov, who the Sharks drafted but who had more success after leaving San Jose, is not on this list.

Only players drafted in the first round of the draft are eligible for this list. If the Sharks drafted two players in the opening round of the draft, they are both eligible. If the Sharks didn't have a first-round pick but made a great selection in the second round, he cannot be included.

Feel free to comment on any player on this list or to mention a player you feel deserves to be included. As always, indicate why you feel the way you do.

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