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Wilson Jr. Talks 2022 NHL Draft, Eklund’s Season



Sheng and JD react to the news of the San Jose Barracuda coaching change with Roy Sommer moving to a front-office role and John McCarthy becoming the head coach. We analyze why the move was made (5:00) and the differences between Sommer and McCarthy (12:00). Then we look at why the San Jose Sharks are interviewing Ray Whitney and where they are currently in their process of hiring a new GM (21:00).

Next, San Jose Sharks director of scouting Doug Wilson Jr. joins the show to discuss how work is different without Doug Wilson around (30:00), how he goes about scouting players (34:00), the one thing he looks for when drafting players (37:00), and his general thoughts on the 2022 NHL Draft (39:00), including how deep the San Jose Sharks’ draft list is. Then Wilson Jr. explains why he was happy with William Eklund’s season despite the lack of scoring (43:00), how some of the defensive prospects like Gannon Laroque are progressing (48:30), and his under-the-radar Sharks prospect (58:30). He also shares more about expectations for free agent signing Max Veronneau going into the 2022-23 season (1:00:30).



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Funny to hear discussion about lack of Sharks 1st rd draft picks with ‘Cuda. From 2016-19, only 1st rd picks were Merkley and Norris (who they traded). If you don’t have the picks, hard to play them!!

Nice point about Sommer not getting a chance to coach in the new venue. So many years, and finally a great venue and he’ll miss that.

Sheng Peng

I know nobody is obligated to get another year at the job in this business, but it would’ve been really nice for Roy to get at least a year in the new arena.

david barnard

this isn’t the 2020 draft class either, JD. you had 50-60 players of high talent level in that draft, whereas it’s probably around 35 in this draft class.

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