2011 NHL Draft Grades by Player: San Jose Sharks

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2011 NHL Draft Grades by Player: San Jose Sharks
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The Sharks traded their first pick in the draft as part of the package to get Brent Burns

The 2011 NHL draft has concluded.

The San Jose Sharks entered the draft for the second straight year as the best team in the regular season among those to finish in the final four of the NHL playoffs. Thus, they were not expected to pick until 28th.

That does not scream making a splash. For a team this good picking this late, no one drafted would make an impact on the NHL team for some time.

So they traded the pick. And last year's 28th pick in the draft. And 2005 eighth overall pick Devin Setoguchi.

What did they get in return? Next year's second-round pick from Minnesota and their 2003 first-round pick (20th overall), Brent Burns.

That certainly made a splash, but it does not sound like a worthwhile trade-off on paper. (See this link for an assessment of who got the better deal.)

But how did the Sharks do on the rest of their picks? Here they are in order...

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