NHL Draft 2011: The San Jose Sharks' 5 Biggest Needs in the Draft

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NHL Draft 2011: The San Jose Sharks' 5 Biggest Needs in the Draft
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If you ran into an average sports fan on the street and asked them when the 2011 NHL Draft was, odds are they could not tell you. I even had to look it up just to make sure.

My sources tell me it is this Friday, June 24, and runs through the 25th. But you cannot always trust what Wikipedia puts out.

Either way, the Sharks must make major waves in this draft if they desire to stay among the upper-echelon of teams in the NHL.

They own the 28th overall pick in the draft this year.

Every year, the NHL Draft provides us with a small number of highly-touted prospects, any of which could become elite players in the NHL. The problem for the marketing side of the NHL Draft is that that number of significant players is tiny at best. The majority of the draft will all have their shot one day at playing in the NHL.

For the Sharks, they have several needs that must be filled.

In the 2010 NHL Draft, San Jose selected Charlie Coyle with the 28th overall pick. Currently, Coyle is already the Sharks' top forward prospect, but still years away from the NHL.

In the 2007 NHL Draft, the Sharks selected Logan Couture with the 9th overall pick. So there are possibilities here.

Here are some needs that must be addressed by the Sharks on June 24.

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