NHL Draft: How scouts graded, reviewed Sharks' selections


MONTREAL – Some San Jose Sharks fans weren’t thrilled with the team’s Draft.

That’s what happens when a team trades out of the No. 11 slot for the No. 27, 34, and 45 picks – and selects a 42nd-ranked prospect, according to Bob McKenzie’s final Draft rankings, with their first-rounder.

But how did other NHL organizations see the Sharks’ Draft?

I spoke with four NHL scouts from outside organizations, who offered their thoughts about most of the San Jose Sharks’ picks, and in some cases, gave grades. One scout was particularly enthusiastic about assistant general manager Tim Burke and director of scouting Doug Wilson Jr.’s overall work, giving their Draft an A-.

Another scout also commented on the Luke Kunin trade.

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Grade: B-

Scout #1: Maybe a reach? Kind of Nathan Gaucher-like, but not as competitive. But big, skates well, can shoot it, good defensively. Don’t love his hockey sense and is a little soft for his size. (Grade: B-)

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