3. Barclay Goodrow traded to Tampa Bay for a first-round draft pick
In an unlikely move, the Sharks sent Barclay Goodrow to the Lightening in a deal Wilson could not refuse. Not only do the Sharks shed off a little salary cap room, but Wilson also obtains a coveted first-round selection in the upcoming draft.
The selection is likely going to be late in the round with Tampa Bay expecting a lengthy postseason run for a championship.
Goodrow cemented his legacy in San Jose after scoring the game-winner in Game 7 against Las Vegas in an epic seven-game series in the first round. An effective penalty killer, Goodrow plays a robust north-south game and provide stability on the Lightning’s third or fourth line.
For a team attempting to give younger players a prominent role, Goodrow did not appear to be a likely trade candidate. A primary player to kill penalties against opponents, Goodrow is having a career year with 24 points.
Goal production is a struggle this season for the Sharks, but solid special teams are also essential, putting the team in a tougher situation. Perhaps the Sharks will have a next man up to replace Goodrow.
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As part of the trade, forward Anthony Greco comes to San Jose and is likely heading to the Barracuda. A third-round selection went to Tampa Bay along with Goodrow.
Perhaps the biggest benefit of the deal is Melker Karlsson, an unrestricted free agent after the season. Karlsson appeared to the likeliest of players departing the Sharks through a trade, but an injury he sustained in New Jersey kept teams away as his status is unknown.
Karlsson is similar to Goodrow in playing hockey well at both ends of the ice and killing penalties. He is not the flashiest of players but is valuable enough to possibly be coming back next year.
With a first-round pick acquired, options are in play for Wilson in utilizing the selection. The Sharks may select a prospect or possibly a piece for future trade to refresh the team for next season.
Extra: Brandon Davidson acquired from Calgary for future considerations
Brandon Davidson may likely suit up as the sixth or seventh defensemen with the season-ending soon for the Sharks. He appeared in only seven games for the Flames, spending the majority of the season in the AHL.
Do not expect much as both Davidson and Greco will likely stay on the Barracuda.
Overall, the Sharks gained valuable assets in stockpiling draft picks to restock the farm system or perhaps offseason moves.
Forward depth must be the focus moving forward for San Jose to be legitimate contenders next season for the Stanley Cup.