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Fear The Fin Jun 23, 2022
2022 NHL Draft: The case for Jonathan Lekkerimaki

2022 NHL Draft: The case for Jonathan Lekkerimaki

Photo by Chase Agnello-Dean/NHLI via A Swedish Sniper? Yes, please! The NHL Draft is coming up quickly and the San Jose Sharks fall just out of the top-10 in the first round, selecting 11th overall. Ahead of the draft, we’ll profile a handful of players who should be available, and make a case for the team to draft them ... or run the other way. Jonathan Lekkerimaki, F — Djurgardens IF Height: 5-foot-11Weight: 172 lbs.Age at Draft: 17Shoots: Right2021-2022 Season (Djurgårdens IF J20): 26 GP, 20 G, 15 A, 1.35 PPG2021-2022 Season (Djurgårdens): 26 GP, 7 G, 2 A, .35...
Fear The Fin Jun 22, 2022
Top 25 Under 25: No. 4 Rudolfs Balcers was meant to be

Top 25 Under 25: No. 4 Rudolfs Balcers was meant to be

Photo by Christopher Mast/NHLI via Balcers has seized his opportunity after an unconventional route back to the team that drafted him. Are you familiar with that saying about how if you let someone go, and if they come back, then it was meant to be? That would accurately describe the relationship between the San Jose Sharks and Rudolfs Balcers. Originally selected in the fifth round (142 overall) by the Sharks in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, Balcers worked his way up in the Norwegian league’s Stavanger Oilers system, playing for the U18, U20 and senior club in his draft...
Fear The Fin Jun 16, 2022
2022 NHL Draft: The case for Brad Lambert

2022 NHL Draft: The case for Brad Lambert

Photo by Codie McLachlan/ So much potential, so many red flags. The NHL Draft is coming up quickly and the San Jose Sharks fall just out of the top-10 in the first round, selecting 11th overall. Ahead of the draft, we’ll profile a handful of players who should be available, and make a case for the team to draft them ... or run the other way. Brad Lambert, F — Liiga Pelicans Height: 6-foot-0Weight: 183 lbs.Age at Draft: 18Shoots: Right2021-2022 Regular Season (Liiga JYP): 24 GP, 2 G, 4 A, .24 PPG2021-2022 Regular Season (Liiga Pelicans): 25 GP, 2 G, 2 A, .16...
Fear The Fin Jun 15, 2022
Top 25 Under 25: No. 5 Ryan Merkley on ‘prove it’ watch

Top 25 Under 25: No. 5 Ryan Merkley on ‘prove it’ watch

Photo by Bruce Kluckhohn/NHLI via Merkley was on more the Sharks’ radar during the 2018 draft. Arguably the most anticipated player drafted by the San Jose Sharks in the past five years — who isn’t named William Eklund — is offensively-talented defender Ryan Merkley. For those who have followed his career, there’s good reason to believe that he is on track to becoming a full-time NHL player. All of his NHL experience comes from his debut campaign this last season, where he earned five assists and netted his first NHL goal through 39 games. Despite modest...
Fear The Fin Jun 13, 2022
2022 NHL Draft: The case for Kevin Korchinski

2022 NHL Draft: The case for Kevin Korchinski

Photo by Christopher Mast/ The Sharks had pretty good luck getting a kid from the Seattle Thunderbirds in 1997. The NHL Draft is coming up quickly and the San Jose Sharks fall just out of the top-10 in the first round, selecting 11th overall. Ahead of the draft, we’ll profile a handful of players who should be available, and make a case for the team to draft them ... or run the other way. Kevin Korchinski, D — Seattle Thunderbirds, WHL Height: 6-foot-2Weight: 185 lbs.Age at Draft: 18Shoots: Left2021-2022 Regular Season: 67 GP, 4 G, 61 A, .97 PPG2022 WHL Playoffs: 23...
Fear The Fin Jun 10, 2022
2022 NHL Draft: Could Sharks trade up in first round?

2022 NHL Draft: Could Sharks trade up in first round?

Photo by Joshua Bessex/NHLI via Random percentages to hypothetical trades! The 2022 NHL draft is a month away, and the San Jose Sharks are selecting at 11th overall, after failing to secure a lottery draw last month. But could the team make a trade to pick sooner than that? Trading up is always fun for fans, but it’s easier said than done. The Sharks, of course, do not have their second-round pick, after trading it for Adin Hill last off-season. The team has not traded any picks in the 2023 draft, but unless becoming a Stanley Cup contender is a guarantee, trading a...
Fear The Fin Jun 7, 2022
Top 25 Under 25: No. 6 Jasper Weatherby is new fan favorite

Top 25 Under 25: No. 6 Jasper Weatherby is new fan favorite

Photo by Amanda Cain/NHLI A nice guy, plus a hard-working center? The Sharks struck gold in drafting Jasper Weatherby. Jasper Weatherby might better be known as the ‘people’s champion,’ just by being a genuinely nice guy. I don’t mean he’s a nice guy in the same way we call all generic hockey players nice guys simply because they’ve never posted anything heinous online and we don’t know anything about them — Weatherby shows regular, public support for the Black Lives Matter movement, among other social causes. And listen, being anti-racist is the bare...
Fear The Fin Jun 7, 2022
Top 25 Under 25: No. 9 Nikolai Knyzhov has big summer ahead

Top 25 Under 25: No. 9 Nikolai Knyzhov has big summer ahead

Photo by Brandon Magnus/NHLI via A sports hernia kept the defender out all season — will he be ready for 2022-23? Nikolai Knyzhov took the world by surprise when he cracked the San Jose Sharks’ 2021 opening-night roster. It was the NHL’s first ‘pandemic season,’ featuring taxi squads and a shortened 56-game regular season. In January, the Sharks were in Arizona, gearing up for the season after a training camp that highlighted the predicted transcendence of young players like John Leonard, Jacob Middleton and Ryan Merkley. Merkley, by the way, did not debut in...
Fear The Fin Jun 3, 2022
Top 25 Under 25: No. 8 Thomas Bordeleau is ready for the show

Top 25 Under 25: No. 8 Thomas Bordeleau is ready for the show

Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports From college hockey to the NHL, Bordeleau had himself a season. When Thomas Bordeleau was drafted in the second round of the 2020 NHL Entry Draft (38th overall), the San Jose Sharks knew they would have to wait a few years to see if the young forward would enter the ranks of professional hockey. Bordeleau was committed to the University of Michigan and no one knew how long he planned to play in the Big Ten before turning professional. The Sharks were willing to wait. When he was drafted, Bordeleau was already considered one of the top young...
Fear The Fin Jun 2, 2022
Top 25 Under 25: No. 9 Noah Gregor is set to take the next step

Top 25 Under 25: No. 9 Noah Gregor is set to take the next step

Photo by Christopher Mast/NHLI via A burst of offense to close out the season shifted the narrative on the speedy forward. A glance at Noah Gregor’s NHL stat lines might seem underwhelming to those who haven’t watched the speedy forward play. Prior to the 2021-22 season, Gregor played a total of 58 games over the course of two pandemic-shortened seasons, and scored just eight goals combined. This season, on the surface, appeared to promise more of the same. Between his call-up to the San Jose Sharks in November and the end of March, Gregor amassed just four goals....
Fear The Fin Jun 1, 2022
Sharks sign Gannon Laroque to entry-level contract

Sharks sign Gannon Laroque to entry-level contract

After ending the season with the Barracuda, the Royals’ top defender has signed his first NHL contract. The San Jose Sharks have signed prospect Gannon Laroque to a standard, entry-level contract. The team selected the defender in the fourth round of the 2021 NHL Entry Draft (103 overall). On April 20, 2022, he signed an amateur try-out agreement (ATO) with the AHL’s San Jose Barracuda, going on to record one assist in three games. Prior to signing with the organization, Laroque recorded 52 points (10 goals, 42 assists) in 63 games with the Victoria Royals of the Western...
Fear The Fin May 31, 2022
2022 NHL Draft: How a team’s life cycle defines strategy

2022 NHL Draft: How a team’s life cycle defines strategy

Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports Where do the Sharks fit in the life cycle of an NHL team, and what can we assume about how that will impact off-season moves? I think about this tweet a lot. bet on yourself today— Shea Serrano (@SheaSerrano) October 9, 2020 I wonder if general managers think about this too, as they prepare for the draft and free agency. Betting on yourself as a general manager means trying to navigate the waters to build the right team to win a Stanley Cup. While the Tampa Bay Lightning have proven their way results in continued success, not...

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