2011 NHL Entry Draft Recap
Sharks Select Six Players
The San Jose Sharks concluded the 2011 NHL Entry Draft today with Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson and Director of Scouting Tim Burke making six selections.
San Jose traded their second round pick (59th overall) in addition to their third round pick in 2012 to Florida in order to move up to No. 47. They selected left wing Matthew Nieto from Boston University. He was ranked 43rd by Central Scouting among all North American skaters.
Nieto posted 21 points (eight goals, 13 assists) and 16 penalty minutes in 36 games during his freshman year at Boston University. The 5-foot-11, 177-pound native of Long Beach, Calif. won back-to-back gold medals with Team USA at the Under-18 World Championship (2009 and 2010) and participated in the evaluation camp for the 2011 World Junior Championships.
With their third round pick (89th overall), the Sharks selected defenseman Justin Sefton from Sudbury (Ontario Hockey League). Sefton, ranked 89th by Central Scouting among North American skaters, is a 6-foot-2, 210-pounder who posted 11 points (five goals, six assists) along with 124 penalty minutes in 66 games.
San Jose traded their fourth round pick (119th overall) to Winnipeg for picks No. 133 and 194. With the 133rd pick the Sharks selected center Sean Kuraly. The 6-foot-2, 192-pound native of Dublin, Ohio played last season in Indiana (United States Hockey League) where he posted 29 points (eight goals, 21 assists) along with 45 penalty minutes in 51 games. He shared the USHL lead with four shorthanded goals.
With their first pick in the sixth round (166th overall), San Jose selected center Daniil Sobchenko from Yaroslavl of the KHL. In 16 games, he posted two points (one goal, one assist). The 6-foot-2, 192-pound native of Kiev, Ukraine also played for Russia in the World Junior Championships, posting seven points (four goals, three assists) in seven games.
San Jose selected defenseman Dylan Demelo with their second sixth round pick (179th overall). Demelo played in 67 games with Mississauga St. Michael’s of the OHL, posting 27 points (three goals, 24 assists) and 70 penalty minutes. The 6-foot, 196-pound London, Ontario native was ranked 121st by Central Scouting among North American skaters.
With the 194th pick acquired earlier in the day from Winnipeg, San Jose selected center Colin Blackwell from St. John’s Prep in Massachusetts. Blackwell posted 66 points (33 goals, 33 assists) in 25 games for St. John’s. The 5-foot-8, 164-pound native of Lawrence, Mass. was ranked 173rd by Central Scouting among North American skaters.