2011 NHL Draft: San Jose Sharks Productive Despite No Notable Selections

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2011 NHL Draft: San Jose Sharks Productive Despite No Notable Selections
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The San Jose Sharks went out on a limb on draft day 2011 by acquiring defenseman Brent Burns from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for winger Devin Setoguchi, top forward prospect Charlie Coyle and their 28th overall draft pick.

Heading into the 2011 NHL draft, the Sharks' focus was building for the future.

That is exactly what the Sharks achieved without even owning a first-round pick at the end of the day.

A day prior to the trade, Setoguchi had signed a three-year deal with the Sharks.

Did GM Doug Wilson know he was going to trade Setoguchi the next day?

It is not confirmed.

However, when a star defenseman becomes available and your team is in dire need of such a player, there is not much time to think.

Wilson took action.

Despite how much the fans loved the homegrown Setoguchi, the team is better today than it was when it signed him to a three-year deal.

Here are three reasons why the Sharks had a tremendous draft day despite no significant picks.

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