San Jose Sharks News, Rumors, Injuries & Recruiting
Fear the Fin: Off the Charts Draft Series: Grading the Sharks' 2019 draft
After a topsy-turvy second day at the 2019 National Hockey League (NHL) Entry Draft, the San Jose Sharks are now five prospects deeper. The team traded back three times (if you consider trading a current pick for a pick in next year's draft a trade back) and traded up three times (if you count the trade that included Tom Pyatt and Francis Perron as trading up). At a glance, the team's draft was, well ... weird, is maybe the best way to put it. Before we grade each pick, here's a look at the team's 2019 selections, thanks to HockeyDB.
CSN Bay Area: NHL rumors: Sharks' Joe Pavelski could meet with Stars, Lightning this week
The Sharks' efforts to keep all of their free agents got harder this weekend when the NHL set next season's salary cap at $81.5 million, giving the team just under $15 million in salary-cap space with Joe Pavelski and Timo Meier, among others, set to hit unrestricted or restricted free agency.
At least in part because of that pending cap crunch, Pavelski told The Athletic's Pierre LeBrun that he will meet with "a few teams" this week. He told LeBrun he has not ruled out coming back to the Sharks, however.
"Yeah we'll see how that goes,'' Pavelski told LeBrun.
Fansided: San Jose Sharks - Vegas Golden Knights Rivalry Continues to Intensify
October 2nd the San Jose Sharks will play Vegas at the fortress against a hostile crowd to open the upcoming season. Then team teal will head to the SAP Center two days later to take on the Vegas Golden Knights a second consecutive time. These two match-ups are almost guaranteed to be entertaining because of recent events that have transpired between the two franchises.
Last postseason the San Jose Sharks played in a prolific series against the Golden Knights. A series that featured iconic moments in almost every single game. After a strong showing in Game 1 for the Sharks, Vegas proceeded to dominate in Games 2 through 4.
CSN Bay Area: Sharks free-agency decisions: Should forward Micheal Haley stay or go?
When the Sharks claimed Micheal Haley off waivers this past winter, everyone wondered when he would get into his first scrap.
He wasted no time, taking on Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby the very next day.
Micheal Haley claimed off waivers yesterday, fights Crosby today. What a legend. #SJSharks pic.twitter.com/gb7zAYhUs5-- Sharks on NBCS (@NBCSSharks) February 22, 2019
After leaving San Jose in 2017, there was no better way for Haley to announce his return.
Love him or hate him, Haley comes as advertised. He's a no-nonsense kind of player whose job is to keep opponents in check when they try knocking his teammates around.
San Jose Mercury News: One hurdle cleared for potential Sharks reunion with Patrick Marleau
The Toronto Maple Leafs traded Patrick Marleau to the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday morning, clearing one big hurdle for the Sharks legend to potentially return to the organization he called home for 19 seasons.
Carolina, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman, is expected to buy out the final season of the three-year, $18.75 million contract Marleau signed with the Maple Leafs on July 2, 2017. If that is the case, Marleau would then become an unrestricted free agent, able to sign with any NHL team.
NHL analyst Nick Kypreos mentioned earlier this week on Sportsnet radio in Toronto that Marleau wanted to return to San Jose.
Fear the Fin: NHL Draft 2019: Sharks select Artemi Knyazev in second round
With the 48th overall pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft, the Sharks have selected Russian defenseman Artemi Kniazev out of the Chicoutimi Sagueneens of the QMJHL. Kniazev is five-foot-11, 176 pounds, and shoots left.
Kniazev was fourth among draft-eligible QMJHL players in primary points per 60 minutes. Kniazev recorded 34 points (13 goals, 21 assists) in 55 regular-season games with the Sagueneens; in two playoff games, he recorded two assists.
The Sharks originally had the 41st pick, received in the Justin Braun trade with Philadelphia, but traded the pick to the Vegas Golden Knights who selected defender Kaedan Korczack.
San Jose Mercury News: NHL Draft: After trades, Sharks make two second round selections
The Sharks were busy Saturday morning, making two trades and selecting defenseman Artemi Kniazev and left wing Dillon Hamaliuk from the Canadian Hockey League in the second round of the NHL Draft. in Vancouver.
The Sharks traded their pick at No. 41 overall to the Vegas Golden Knights for selections at No. 48 and 82 overall. They used that pick at No. 48 to select Kniazev, a 5-foot-10, 182-pound Russian-born defenseman who had 13 goals and 21 assists in 55 regular season games this past year with the Chicoutimi Sagueneens of the QMJHL.
The Sharks then traded the nos.
Fear the Fin: NHL Draft 2019: Sharks trade Francis Perron, 215th pick to Vancouver
During the middle of the fourth round of the 2019 NHL Draft, the San Jose Sharks struck a deal with the hosting Vancouver Canucks. The Sharks sent left winger Francis Perron, who the Sharks acquired along with Erik Karlsson from the Ottawa Senators last summer, to the Canucks along with the 215th overall pick. Perron spent this past season with the San Jose Barracuda, where he recorded 47 points (18 goals, 29 assists) in 63 games.
The Sharks received the 164th overall pick and Tom Pyatt from the Canucks.
Fansided: The Case for the San Jose Sharks Resigning Michael Haley
The 33 year old gritty fourth liner is entering yet another offseason with questions about who he will play for next season. For Doug Wilson and the rest of the San Jose Sharks front office, it is easy to forget about Haley when they have to worry about retaining key players like Pavelski, Meier, Labanc, Thornton, and many others. But contrary to popular belief, Michael Haley should suit up in teal next season as the Sharks look to make another run at the cup.
It is easy to look at Haley's statistics from the past season and let him walk in favor of spending the relatively small amount of money he would command on someone else.
Fear the Fin: NHL Draft 2019: Sharks select Timur Ibragimov in sixth round
With the 164th overall pick in the NHL Draft, San Jose selected Timur Ibragimov, a left winger from SKA-1946 St. Petersburg of the MHL. Ibragimov stands at 5-foot-11, 163 pounds, and is a left-handed shot.
Fear the Fin colleague Sheng Peng had this information about the Sharks' most recent pick:
KHL source on 5'11" Timur Ibragimov: "Not big, but flashy winger with a good scoring touch...All about shooting and scoring. Main weakness is his defensive game."
Ibragimov played for SKA's MHL team. Like Spiridonov, it'll be achievement if/when he cracks one of KHL's top teams-- Sheng Peng (@Sheng_Peng) June 22, 2019
Based on this evaluation, I can't help but draw the comparison between Ibragimov and Sharks alum (as well as Russian countryman) Nikolay Goldobin.
Fear the Fin: Wilson Jr. and Burke talk Kniasev, Hamaliuk and more
VANCOUVER -- The San Jose Sharks started the second day of the 2019 NHL Draft with five draft picks, and after five trades, ended up with...five draft picks. Their first-round draft pick was traded for Evander Kane last year.
Here's a summary of Doug Wilson's maze of moves:
Sharks love bouncing around the board
Back three times
Up twice (3 if you count Pyatt)
41 --> 48, 82
91, 82 --> 55: Hamaliuk
215 + Perron --> 164 + Pyatt
2020, 4th --> 108: Spiridonov
153 --> 211, 2020, 7th
211 --> 2020, 7th-- playoff (timo) time (@FowleBall15) June 22, 2019
After the draft, Doug Wilson Jr.
Artemi Kniazev meets with the media for the first time as a #SharksDraft pick. https://t.co/b5FP2wc4CN
Fear the Fin: NHL Draft 2019: Sharks select Santeri Hatakka in sixth round
With the 184th pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft, the San Jose Sharks have selected Finnish defenseman Santeri Hatakka. Hatakka is a 6-foot-0, 174-pound left-shooting defenseman.
Hatakka played three games in Finland's under-18 league before moving up to the Jokerit Under-20 team. He played 43 games there and recorded four goals and nine assists for 13 total points.
Hatakka was NHL Central Scouting's 72nd-ranked European skater.
Fear the Fin: NHL Draft 2019: Sharks select Yegor Spiridonov in fourth round
The San Jose Sharks have drafted Russian center/left winger Yegor Spiridonov in the fourth round of the NHL Draft. Spiridonov is a 6-foot-2, 192-pound right-handed shot. Colleague Erik Fowle predicted a few days ago that the Sharks may have a chance to select Spiridonov, who was ranked between 38th and 63rd among skaters by various scouting agencies.
Spiridonov recorded 41 points (15 goals, 26 assists) in 43 regular-season games in Russia's under-20 league, the MHL, in 2018-2019. He has played 82 regular season games at the MHL level and recorded 60 total points, for a 0.
Kniazev rocking the teal for the first time. #SharksDraft https://t.co/sYhT5a4eZy