2019 — Brayden Tracey
So far, Kane has spent the last three seasons with the Sharks, scoring 117 points (65 goals, 52 assists) in 156 games.
Tracey is still only 18 years old and playing in juniors. With the Sabres flipping the pick for a must-needed defenseman and the Sharks getting one of their top scorers, I think this trade is even.
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2020 — N/A
On September 13th, 2018, only seven months after trading away their 2019 first-rounder, the Sharks sent their 2020 first-round pick to the Ottawa Senators for defenseman Erik Karlsson.
The whole trade was a Sharks’ 2020 first-round pick, 2019 second-round pick, 2021 second-round pick, center Josh Norris, center Chris Tierney, left wing Rudolfs Balcers, and defenseman Dylan DeMelo for Ottawa’s defenseman Erik Karlsson and left wing Francis Perron.
At this time, Karlsson has spent the last two seasons with San Jose, recording 85 points (nine goals, 76 assists), a -9 plus/minus, and 38 penalty minutes in 109 games.
Karlsson hasn’t been able to remain healthy with the Sharks and it’s really hurt his offensive production that the Sharks were trading for.
Perron never played a game for the Sharks and spent a season with their AHL affiliate, the Barracuda. Now he’s with the Vancouver Canucks organization and still has no NHL experience.
With the Senators not using this pick yet, it’s hard to tell who won this trade. However, with Karlsson’s inability to stay healthy and the amount the Sharks gave up for him, it seems that the Sharks have lost the deal.
In my opinion, the Sharks are a bit loose when it comes to trading away first-round picks. Trading away nine first-rounders in just 28 years is a lot for me.
However, they have made it to the postseason in every one of their seasons but seven, so I guess it’s working.