San Jose Sharks Acquire James Sheppard from Wild for 2013 Third-Round Pick

Michael DeSantisSenior Analyst IAugust 9, 2011

VANCOUVER, CANADA - APRIL 4:  James Sheppard #50 of the Minnesota Wild skates with the puck during the NHL game against the Vancouver Canucks on April 04, 2010 at General Motors Place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.  (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)
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The Sharks and Wild are becoming best friends in the offseason. The teams have now made three trades this offseason. This time, it's forward James Sheppard going to San Jose for a third round pick in 2013, the Sharks announced Sunday.

First, the Sharks traded Devin Setoguchi for Brent Burns. Then, Dany Heatley for Martin Havlat. And now a future would-be prospect for Sheppard. The Sharks are looking to reap the rewards from Minnesota.

Sheppard is a 6'1" center weighing 205 pounds.

According to an article on the Sharks official website, General Manager Doug Wilson said this about Sheppard: "We liked him very much in his draft year and he's a big, strong player with good upside."

Sheppard is just 23 and has played in 224 NHL games. In those games, he has 11 goals and 38 assists.

While Sheppard hasn't seemed to be too impressive in the NHL yet, in the minors back in 2006-07, he scored 33 goals and 96 points in 56 games with the Screaming Eagles.

Sheppard does have talent, though, and has shown he can put the puck in the net. On the Sharks this year, I believe he'll either be playing on the third or fourth line, serving as a good bottom-six forward on a talented team. I can see Sheppard scoring anywhere from five to 10 goals, with maybe 15 to 20 points.