The San Jose Sharks could be looking to shake things up after a disappointing 2019-20 season. Who are three players that could be traded before next season?
For the first time since the 2014-15 season, the San Jose Sharks failed to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
They didn’t just miss the playoffs by a point or two though. The Sharks that made it all the way to the Western Conference Finals just a season ago, were one of the worst teams in the National Hockey League the following season.
Out of 31 teams in the NHL, the Sharks stood at 29th. Out of eight teams in the Pacific Division, they were in eighth place. Out of 15 teams in the Western Conference, they came in 15th.
Their 63 points accounted for just 45 percent of their total possible points through 70 games. San Jose’s minus-44 goal differential was third-worst in the league. The Sharks were truly horrendous this season.
With it evident that the team wouldn’t be teaching the postseason, general manager Doug Wilson decided to start selling or trading away key players for draft picks and/or prospects, at the trade deadline.
Defenseman Brenden Dillon was sent to the Washington Capitals for a 2020 second-round pick and conditional 2021 conditional third-round pick.
Fan-favorite forward Barclay Goodrow and a 2020 third-round pick were traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning to acquire a 2020 first-round pick and AHL forward Anthony Greco.
If Wilson thinks the team is in need of a full-blown rebuild, these types of trades can continue in the offseason, especially at this year’s draft with it being considered one of the deepest drafts in some time, and they could possibly include these three players.