July 17, 2015 [Waterloo, ON] ISS Hockey recaps the top prospects drafted by San Jose Sharks in the 2015 NHL Draft, held on June 26-27, 2015 at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida:
Top Prospects Drafted by the San Jose Sharks in the 2015 NHL Draft
|NA||86||ROBINSON, Mike||G||3/27/1997||6.04||200||Lawrence Aca.||NEDI|
|NA||130||CUKSTE, Karlis||LD||6/17/1997||6.02||203||Riga SK||RusJr|
|NA||160||PARSELLS, Adam||LD||1/3/1997||6.05.5||192||Wausau West||WI-HS|
|NA||193||KUPSKY, Jake||G||10/27/1995||6.05||205||Lone Star||NAHL|
ISS Scouts have been tracking prospects eligible for the NHL Draft for years (typically from the age of fourteen), so they have unique knowledge of strengths, weaknesses and probabilities for success at the NHL level. ISS Hockey scouts identify prospects that have been chosen by the San Jose Sharks in past drafts and provide a brief summary of how these drafted players will influence the team:
Timo Meier (ISS Ranked #14 in 2015, Overall drafted #9 in 2015 NHL Draft) – He creates space for his line mates, wins battles for loose pucks and scores goals. Meier is the perfect complimentary player for this skilled group of forwards; good goal scoring ability, size, strong two-way game, smart and versatile.
Jeremy Roy (ISS Ranked #23 in 2015, Overall drafted #31 in 2015 NHL Draft) – GM Doug Wilson traded up to select Roy who commands the blueline with veteran like presence and poise. Mature and responsible, he very rarely makes mistakes and coaches are confident to put him in any situation. Reads the developing offensive rush on the breakout and shows active awareness to read the play – sees the ice at an elite level.
Nikolay Goldobin (ISS Ranked #28 in 2014, Overall drafted #27 in 2014 NHL Draft) – Having finished his season in the Liiga with HIFK, Goldobin was assigned to Worcester for the team’s playoff push. Supremely skilled point producing forward adapted extremely well to AHL in late season audition. San Jose seems like the perfect fit and next logical step for the electrifying young Russian.
Mirco Mueller (ISS Ranked #35 in 2013, Overall drafted #18 in 2013 NHL Draft) – One of the building blocks on the Sharks roster, will be looked at to be that anchor on the backend for the foreseeable future. Average time on ice was 16.57 per game before hand injury forced him to miss remainder of 2014-15 season. He represented the Switzerland at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.
BEST VALUE PICK SINCE 2010:
Matthew Nieto (ISS Ranked #56 in 2011, Overall drafted #47 in 2011 NHL Draft) – Nieto’s rise from last season to now is remarkable. He has forced his way into more of the spotlight through determined play night in and night out. He’s a player that maximizes every ounce of talent and skill in his body. Has outstanding speed and is most effective when using that speed.
“Making the Playoffs for 10-straight years has hurt the Sharks at the draft table. This season being the first time in years they had a top 10 pick. The Sharks have had a consistent problem developing adequate depth at every position. That is until now, GM Doug Wilson addressed that organizational need by adding depth at each position. After nabbing the goal scoring Meier with the 9th pick the Sharks added 2 goaltenders 3 defensemen along with 3 forwards. The Sharks really improved their prospect depth at all positions”. – Dennis MacInnis, Director of Scouting at ISS Hockey
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