PHILADELPHIA –- The San Jose Sharks chose winger Nikolay Goldobin with the 27th overall selection in the NHL Entry Draft at the Wells Fargo Center on Friday night.
The Moscow, Russia native stands 6-foot, 180-pounds, and has played for the Sarnia Sting of the Ontario Hockey League for the past two seasons. In 2013-14, Goldobin had 38 goals and 56 assists for 94 points in 67 games.
According to NHL Central Scouting:
"Goldobin has a high energy level and is smooth out there. He's got good playmaking ability and he probably would have a lot more points if players were able to finish for him. He's the type of kid who receives a lot of ice time because he plays a complete game."
The left-shooting Goldobin, 18, was the 24th ranked North American skater by NHL Central Scouting.
The Sharks traded down in the first round, sending the 20th and 179th overall selections to Chicago for the 27th and 62nd picks.
After going three of four years without a first round pick from 2008-11, the Sharks have chosen Tomas Hertl (17th overall, 2012), Mirco Mueller (18th overall, 2013) and Goldobin, (27th overall, 2014) in the past three entry drafts.
The Sharks currently own six more picks in the draft, which concludes with rounds two through seven on Saturday, including a pair of second round selections (51st and 53rd overall) and the early third round pick acquired from the Blackhawks.
The 53rd overall pick originally belonged to Pittsburgh, but was acquired by San Jose for defenseman Douglas Murray.