San Jose Sharks: Tracking every traded first-round pick in team history

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2009 — Kyle Palmieri

On July 4th, 2008, just five months after trading away that year’s first-round pick, the Sharks traded away their first-rounder for next year.

This trade saw the Sharks exchange their 2009 first-round pick, 2010 fourth-round pick, defenseman Ty Wishart, and defenseman Matt Carle for the Lightning’s defensemen Dan Boyle and Brad Lukowich.

Lukowich only spent one season with the Sharks, playing in 58 games and recording eight assists, a +5 plus/minus, and 12 penalty minutes.

Boyle would spend six seasons with San Jose, playing in 431 games and recording 269 points (68 goals, 201 assists), a +19 plus/minus, and 305 penalty minutes.

Tampa Bay ended up trading this pick, sending it to the Senators. Ottawa would trade the pick to the Islanders. The pick would be traded two more times, from the Isles to Columbus and Columbus to the Ducks.

With this pick, the Anaheim Ducks (the pick’s sixth owner) would draft right wing Kyle Palmieri 26th overall. So far, Palmieri has played 10 NHL seasons, scoring 338 points (175 goals, 163 assists) in 561 games.

Because the Lightning decided to trade away the pick and the Sharks got a very good offensive defenseman that would patrol their blue line for the next six years, my opinion is that the Sharks won this trade.

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2011 — Zack Phillips

It wouldn’t be until almost two years later, on June 24th, 2011, when the Sharks sent their 2011 first-round pick, right wing Devin Setoguchi, and center Charlie Coyle to the Wild for Brent Burns and a 2012 second-rounder.

Since being traded to the Sharks, Burns has been one of the league’s top offensive defensemen. In nine seasons with San Jose, Burns has recorded 511 points (155 goals, 356 assists), a +14 plus/minus, and 360 penalty minutes in 660 games.

With the pick the Sharks gave to them, the Bruins selected center, Zack Phillips, at 28th overall. Phillips hasn’t played in the NHL yet and is currently playing in the ECHL.

To me, it’s clear that the Sharks won this trade with Phillips most likely being a first-round draft bust and Burns being one of the league’s best offensive defensemen over the last few years.