April 19, 2012; San Jose, CA, USA; San Jose Sharks head coach Todd McLellan stands behind the bench against the St. Louis Blues during the third period in game four of the 2012 Western Conference quarterfinals at HP Pavilion. St. Louis defeated San Jose 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Jason O. Watson-USA TODAY Sports

SenShot NHL Mock Draft Pick #20 - San Jose Sharks

We enter the bottom third of the first round with a team that has long been a contender, but hasn’t been able to break through in the playoffs.  Another second round exit might mean a changing of the guard up front, as well as on the blue line.  The player they end up with at the #20 pick won’t be an immediate fix but will play an important role down the road.





TEAM STRENGTHS:  Goaltending, depth up the middle

TEAM WEAKNESSES: Size up front, blue chip defensemen


UNDER CONSIDERATION:   Josh Morrisey, Kerby Rychel, Rasmus Ristolainen, Nicolas Petan

FANSIDED MOCK DRAFT PICK: Blades of Teal selected Anthony Mantha



SENSHOT’S CHOICE: Kerby Rychel from the Windsor Spitfires of the OHL.  Rychel has the bloodlines (his dad is former NHLer Warren) and he also has the size and compete level the Sharks will require as they eventually begin to re-tool their offense.  Rychel is more offensively gited than his father, and he projects to be a top 6 forward who can provide San Jose with some sandpaper to go along with the offense of Logan Couture and Joe Pavelski in future years.


SENSHOT’S MOCK DRAFT TO DATE (click on team to view the selection):

1 COLORADO Seth Jones, Portland (WHL)
2 FLORIDA Jonathan Drouin, Halifax (QMJHL)
3 TAMPA Nathan MacKinnon, Halifax (QMJHL)
4 NASHVILLE Valeri Nichushkin, Chelijabinsk 2 (KHL)
5 CAROLINA Darnell Nurse, Sault Ste. Marie (OHL)
6 CALGARY Sean Monahan, Ottawa (OHL)
7 EDMONTON Nikita Zadorov, London (OHL)
8 BUFFALO Max Domi, London (OHL)
9 NEW JERSEY Alexsander Barkov, Tappera (FIN)
10 DALLAS Hunter Shinkaruk, Medicine Hat (WHL)
11 PHILADELPHIA Zachary Furcale, Halifax (QMJHL)
12 PHOENIX Anthony Mantha, Val D’Or (QMJHL)
13 WINNIPEG Elias Lindholm, Brynas (SEL)
14 COLUMBUS Bo Horvat, London (OHL)
15 NYI Adam Erne, Quebec (QMJHL)
16 BUFFALO Frederik Gauthier, Rimouski (QMJHL)
17 OTTAWA Robert Hagg, Modo (SEL)
18 DETROIT Alexander Wennburg, Djurgardens (SEL)
19 COLUMBUS Samuel Morin, Rimouski (QMJHL)
20 SAN JOSE Kerby Rychel, Windsor (OHL)

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