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.


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

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):

1COLORADOSeth Jones, Portland (WHL)
2FLORIDAJonathan Drouin, Halifax (QMJHL)
3TAMPANathan MacKinnon, Halifax (QMJHL)
4NASHVILLEValeri Nichushkin, Chelijabinsk 2 (KHL)
5CAROLINADarnell Nurse, Sault Ste. Marie (OHL)
6CALGARYSean Monahan, Ottawa (OHL)
7EDMONTONNikita Zadorov, London (OHL)
8BUFFALOMax Domi, London (OHL)
9NEW JERSEYAlexsander Barkov, Tappera (FIN)
10DALLASHunter Shinkaruk, Medicine Hat (WHL)
11PHILADELPHIAZachary Furcale, Halifax (QMJHL)
12PHOENIXAnthony Mantha, Val D’Or (QMJHL)
13WINNIPEGElias Lindholm, Brynas (SEL)
14COLUMBUSBo Horvat, London (OHL)
15NYIAdam Erne, Quebec (QMJHL)
16BUFFALOFrederik Gauthier, Rimouski (QMJHL)
17OTTAWARobert Hagg, Modo (SEL)
18DETROITAlexander Wennburg, Djurgardens (SEL)
19COLUMBUSSamuel Morin, Rimouski (QMJHL)
20SAN JOSEKerby Rychel, Windsor (OHL)