PHILADELPHIA –- For the second straight year, the Sharks traded out of the 20th overall position in the first round at the NHL Entry Draft.
Rather than moving up like they did in 2013 to select Mirco Mueller 18th overall at the expense of surrendering a second round selection, though, they moved back seven places after a deal with Chicago while securing another fairly high pick.
Wilson explained his thinking behind trading the 20th and 179th choices to Chicago in exchange for the 27th and 62nd picks, the latter of which is an early third rounder.
“[The scouting staff] had identified the players that we wanted, and [Nikolay Goldobin] was certainly one of the guys that we wanted. We felt that we might have been able to get him with the later pick, and to be able to add another [high third] round pick to what they’re going to look to do tomorrow was very important.
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“Coming off the floor today, we’re pleased about the player we got, but also the extra pick.”
Scouting director Tim Burke flashed a wide smile when asked about having the 62nd pick to go along with the Sharks’ pair of second-rounders they already have at Nos. 51 and 53 overall.
“It’s good,” Burke said. “You always like to have more picks.”
Whether the Sharks use all three choices seems to be in doubt, though. A cryptic Wilson suggested that there could be some wheeling and dealing on Saturday morning when the draft resumes with rounds two through seven at Wells Fargo Center.
“We’re at the point right now that we think that there are some other things we’ll look at between tonight and tomorrow before we even get on the floor,” Wilson said. “Whether we keep those picks or use them for other things…there’s other things in play.”
Care to tell us?
“Nope,” Wilson said.