From 2000 to 2009, the San Jose Sharks had some great drafts, some terrible drafts, and some that would fall in between. Let’s take a look at which classes fall into each category.
The San Jose Sharks had 75 total draft picks from 2000 to 2009. Out of these picks, just nine were first-rounders while a whopping 44 of these picks came in the fifth round or later. This means that the remaining 22 picks were taken in the second, third, or fourth rounds.
Now before I start ranking each draft class of the 2000s of the Sharks, I want to go over how these rankings work.
I will be ranking each class based on how many games that class played for the Sharks. I do not care about AHL games, I only care about NHL games for the Sharks.
So, players that turned out well for other teams but were originally drafted by the Sharks but didn’t play for the Sharks do not help their class. In fact, they actually hurt the ranking of their class.
If a player was traded and the Sharks got someone good for them in return, I do not care. The whole point of the draft is to find players to help your team, not trade them away for someone else.
With all that being said, let’s get started and rank the San Jose Sharks’ draft classes from 2000 to 2009.