The San Jose Sharks have never picked seventh overall. They only picked seven times before seventh place in the NHL Draft, and placed second three times (Pat Falloon, Andrei Zyouzine, Patrick Marleau), finishing third twice (Mike Rathje, Brad Stuart) and sixth twice (Victor Kozlov, Milan Michalek). Their 2021 pick of seventh will be their first selection since taking Michalek in 2003.
While the class 2021 is not considered as strong as the 2020 class, there is a position where the 2021 class has exceptional talent, and that’s in the goal. The Sharks have struggled to find a long-term solution in net since Evgeni Nabokov left after the 2009-10 season. The goalkeeper is arguably the Sharks’ greatest weakness and I’m here to say they can’t let one of the top goalie prospects slip past seventh overall.
Previous first round goalkeepers
Taking guards in the first round can be precarious. Over the past 15 years, it seems just as likely that you could get a starter in the middle or at the end of turns. Igor Shestyorkin, 118th overall in 2014, seems like a bargain, but Brent Krahn in 2000 and Chet Pickard in 2008 are just two examples of goalkeepers eliminated in the first round.