San Jose Sharks: Listing the likeliest trade candidates at the deadline

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Tomas Hertl

Two injuries to the same knee and the most recent accident occurring in his other knee, Tomas Hertl may not live up to his potential. Yes, he is a definite fan favorite and to see his season get cut short again is painful.

Another member of the Sharks’ core, Hertl is a big body who can move the puck and find the net quickly. Interest in Hertl is very likely if Wilson makes him available but would happen in the offseason as he would not help teams wanting to make a push for the playoffs.

Also, his injuries may deter teams from wanting to take a chance on him. Hertl expects to be ready for training camp after undergoing surgery.

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Brenden Dillon

The only trade that is definitely going to happen is Brenden Dillon getting sent to a contender.

After being acquired in a trade from Dallas, no other defenseman on the Sharks has made more significant strides than Dillon. Each year, he continues to improve his defense and become a better skater with his footwork.

Any team that acquires Dillon is getting a great defenseman who is in for a significant raise as he is due to become a free agent. Dillon should fetch at least a second-round pick and a prospect at best.

Development must come within for contenders to emerge. Wilson cannot just buy a Stanley Cup with the current rate he is on.

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With this year’s draft class expecting to be rich in talent, investing in the farm system may potentially avoid the shortfalls of providing depth forwards in the lineup.