Sharks restock draft pick arsenal through NHL trade deadline moves

Sharks restock draft pick arsenal through NHL trade deadline moves

The Sharks’ cupboard of draft picks is a lot better stocked than it was a week ago.

San Jose had every reason to be a seller at Monday's NHL trade deadline, and did a good job of turning current short-term assets -- of little use during an otherwise lost season -- into ones that should expedite the franchise's goal of getting back into contention starting next year. The Sharks made three significant trades, and in each one, they added at least one valuable future draft pick.

For Brenden Dillon, San Jose received the Colorado Avalanche's 2020 second-round pick and a conditional 2021 third-rounder from the Washington Capitals, which could turn into a 2020 third-round selection if the Capitals go on to win the Stanley Cup.

For Patrick Marleau, the Sharks got the Pittsburgh Penguins' 2021 third-round pick, which will become a 2021 second-rounder if Pittsburgh lifts Lord Stanley.

Then, for Barclay Goodrow and the Philadelphia Flyers' 2020 third-round pick, San Jose acquired Anthony Greco and a 2020 first-round choice from the Tampa Bay Lightning.

So, to summarize: In exchange for Goodrow, two pending unrestricted free agents and the Flyers' third-rounder, the Sharks added four picks -- all of which fall in the first three rounds -- over the next two drafts. Combined with its previously owned selections, San Jose currently holds at least seven picks in each of the 2020, 2021 and 2022 NHL drafts.

Additionally, the Sharks now own a 2020 first-round pick again after previously sending their own to the Ottawa Senators as part of the 2018 trade for defenseman Erik Karlsson.

With a rebuilt collection of assets, Sharks general manager Doug Wilson is excited by the possibilities it affords the franchise.

"We always evaluate the draft," Wilson said after the trade deadline. "It’s not just the first-round pick; it’s the two seconds. We think we can identify some guys in the draft that are some talented forwards that we’re probably looking for to add to our group, but we also match that up with some potential availability of players that could be available in trade prior to the draft, too."

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Given the way San Jose's season has gone and the fact the Sharks didn't acquire any sure-fire NHL players at the deadline, they clearly need an influx of talent. The draft picks acquired in the trades for Dillon, Marleau and Goodrow certainly should help with that, whether the Sharks make those selections or another team does.

Ever wonder where Sharks' giant head came from? It involves Disney

Ever wonder where Sharks' giant head came from? It involves Disney

Editor's note: Every Tuesday and Thursday during this sports hiatus, we'll answer questions that Bay Area sports fans long have debated in "Ever Wonder?" Second up in the series: Where did San Jose's giant shark head come from?

The Sharks have one of the most memorable entrances in all of sports. Skating through the giant shark head at SAP Center is right up there with "Enter Sandman" at Lane Stadium for Virginia Tech football and the run down the hill at Clemson.

But did you ever find yourself wondering where that huge shark head came from?

NBC Sports Bay Area has you covered on that front as Brodie Brazil explains where that massive shark head came from in the second episode of the "Ever Wonder" series.

During their first few years, the Sharks were looking for a way to give their team an epic entrance. They eventually found it, and, of course, Disney was involved.

To find out the whole story, check out the video above.

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Sharks' Stefan Noesen dealing with extra uncertainty in coronavirus pandemic


Sharks' Stefan Noesen dealing with extra uncertainty in coronavirus pandemic

Sharks forward Stefan Noesen is isolating with immediate family in his home state of Texas during the coronavirus pandemic.

And he’s slightly bored.

“You can only do so many lunges at your house, so many laps around the neighborhood,” Noesen said with a laugh in a 1-on-1 interview with NBC Sports California on Tuesday.

The NHL’s suspended season is par for the uphill course of Noesen's current campaign.

It began with a professional tryout in the Dallas Stars organization, which didn’t pan out. He then played 22 AHL games with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, which led to signing a two-way contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins on December 2nd. They waived him shortly before Christmas.

“This year has been a s---t-show, legit,” Noesen said. “Up until being with the Sharks.”

That turning point definitely happened in San Jose. Even during the Sharks' down season, Noesen came in and earned a role, plus the respect to go along with it.

“First thing I did when I got (to San Jose), was meet with [general manager Doug Wilson],” Noesen said. “He told me what he expected of me, which was honestly nothing but to go out and play my game.”

That game resonated, with Noesen scoring six goals in 34 games. And now, there's a lot of fans who would like to see him re-signed for next season.

“I’ve always believed it’s not that hard to be a good guy,” Noesen said. “All you have to got is be yourself, treat others with respect, and find a way to get along with everybody.”

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There's a lot of uncertainty for Noesen’s career at this point, like when and where he will play hockey next. But these life-changing times have also even made him ponder what comes after the game.

“The world has kind of taken things for granted up until now,” Noesen said. “And I think everyone is kind of taking a step back and realizing the little things are actually important.

“The minute that we’re able to go back to whatever life is after this, I think it will be interesting.“