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Sharks, Wilson Jr. Part Ways

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The San Jose Sharks and director of scouting Doug Wilson Jr. have parted ways.

Wilson Jr. has run the last six San Jose Sharks’ drafts, going back to 2017. He also had a big hand in European pro scouting.

According to Pierre LeBrun – the news was broken by Kevin Weekes – Wilson Jr. “had a year left on his deal with the Sharks but both sides felt it made sense to move on, given connection to his dad Doug and to give new Sharks GM Mike Grier a fresh start.”

Is this portrayal accurate? “I believe that is [right],” a source told San Jose Hockey Now.

Regardless, it’s a surprising move, given that Wilson Jr. was face front after both days of the 2022 Draft, speaking with the media along with Grier and assistant general manager Tim Burke. We’ll see if there’s more to this story in the coming months.

Wilson Jr. is credited with selecting Josh Norris, Mario Ferraro, Ryan Merkley, William Eklund, and Thomas Bordeleau, among other Sharks prospects. While Wilson Jr. has faced extra scrutiny because he rose in the organization while his father, Doug Wilson, was GM of the San Jose Sharks, every indication that SJHN has received from outside sources is that Wilson Jr. is much respected around the league.

“Wilson Jr. already talking to other front offices, looking for next opportunity,” LeBrun noted.

But it looks like Grier wants his own man or woman to head the Sharks’ scouts, and Wilson Jr.’s body of work couldn’t persuade him otherwise.

It’s been a week of unthinkable tragedy and shocking upheaval for the San Jose Sharks’ scouting staff: Veteran scouts Gilles Cote and Brian Gross appear headed for retirement. Bryan Marchment passed away at the Draft. And now, Wilson Jr. is moving on.

There’s no word of additional changes to the Sharks’ scouting staff – at the moment.

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Chris Boucher

Grier has a background in scouting and sure he has his ideas how to run things and potentially some candidates to run the scouting department.

I hope he finds a great opportunity on the East Coast (keep him away from our rivals) scouting and leading a scouting team to succes.

Alex

Junior was the only guy there worth keeping and doing a great job. On the other hand, why did the Sharks take Europeans only from Sweeden? LOL. Did they not scout other countries?

Yetis

Because Swedish scout and former Sharks Nik Sundstrom has a lot of pull.

Zeke

Three things. First, this may well be what DW Jr wanted. He has a bright career in front of him and it is likely a good thing for him to have other roles. I could easily seem him do a stint in the league office or perhaps run an AHL team for a different organization. There are a lot of paths forward for him and stuck in an organization which has lost its way, probably not a great place for him. Second, Grier sure has a massive ‘to do’ list. His scouting group, his NHL coaches, player personnel, RFAs, free… Read more »

Bryan F

Why does hasso have to go, to my understanding he’s allowing the team to spend to the cap.

Nick H.

I think the main criticism is that the “no rebuild” edict came from him.

Zeke

Spending to the cap isn’t a path for success when the players aren’t what they used to be. Its a path to mediocrity. The NHL rewards bad teams with high draft picks and they are essential building blocks for Stanley Cup champions. Not every team which gets a high pick gets a Cup, but its been 15 years since a team got a Stanley Cup without a top-4 overall pick they selected on their roster. Colorado had 4 of those on their championship team (Byram, Makar, Landeskog and MacKinnon).

david barnard

i believe Grier has several of his key positions already lined up. that’s why he’s not worried or “in a hurry” to name a HC. he took the job knowing his “to do list” is massive. i don’t know if i’m going to like his moves, but i suspect he’s up to the challenge and i can’t wait to see what those moves are and whether or not they’ll be successful. it’s already heating up and…dare i say, entertaining to watch.

Bob D

This move means nothing if they don’t get rid of Burke as well, and the car salesman Will. When will sharks fans accept the fact that this regime has completely ruined this franchise. It has been obliterated, scorched earth, one of the worst in all of sports. Bad players, bad drafts, bad contracts… it will never end unless all of the old regime is gone. I did not like Doug Wilson Jr, and I did not like the way he was given the job by his father. That should tell you everything you need to know about the sharks; nepotism… Read more »

Ty Comes

Hahaha wait, “one of the worst in sports” you can’t be serious right?

Bob D

What’s not to like? Besides everything mentioned previously there’s attendance, Kane situation, and the fact that nobody, players, coaches, or execs really want to come here. MG will need to work miracles. Btw you could’ve drafted better over the past 20 years just by going off Central scouting lists and taking the best player available.

BrianJ

Due to the situation with the Sharks, the Sharks are probably going to have a hard time acquiring UFA’s or players with trade restrictions in their contracts who have a high priority to make the playoffs.

I wonder if some of the Sharks notable current and in the future RFA’s request a trade to a playoff team.

San Jose is not a hockey town, the Sharks lease with SAP Center expires in 2025; no playoffs may lead to a significant decline in attendance which may lead to the Sharks finding a new city. Milwaukee Sharks? I hope not.

KE

Mandates led to the decline in attendance not the teams play – people will see a hockey game just to watch Timo and Hertl. They weren’t that bad – some people just don’t want to believe Karlsson is bad locker room juju

P.Wag

And let’s not forget the manner in which Pavelski left the team.

timorous me

Through free agency…like a million other guys?

P.Wag

Wilson lost the Sharks best player by offering an insulting low contract amount. Pavelski had no other choice but to leave. Not sure about you, but the way it went down was disgusting to me after all this player gave to the franchise (and continues to give to Dallas).

david barnard

i don’t 100% agree with all of Bob’s assertions. i think he’s onto something with the culture and other things. culture is established and maintained from a top down direction and that starts with the majority owner. you can’t just throw money at a problem and hope for success either. this org has had some success, but it’s stagnated for a number of reasons, and the ultimate prize has eluded them for a long time. Grier seems to get that a true “fresh perspective” and new course involves excising the “rot”. i agree with Zeke, Grier has a lot of… Read more »

Bob D

David I admit I am angry, but this charade needs to end. As far as the players drafted by DW and DWJr, the only reason most of them ever played was because they were trying to prove to the fan base they made the right moves, especially the recent draftees. It was simply self fulfilling prophesy. Almost all the players they have drafted would never have made it to NHL ice in other orgs. I was completely done when they brought back Marleau, who along with JT really did nothing for this team. Does anyone thinks he breaks that record… Read more »

Zeke

I also agree with Zeke (shocking!!). And also agree Grier has 1 hand tied behind his back, that’s a good metaphor for it. I really don’t like the situation he’s in. I get why a person takes a big promotion, but I doubt he has enough power within the organization to do what the team needs. I hope he doesn’t regret taking the job, but it really feels like he’s in a no win situation.

Rick

Change is going to be slow. Many here have said the prior brain trust could not admit mistakes. The RFAs who did not receive qualifying offers shows that Grier is ready to break from the past. It will be interesting to see what he does.

KE

Did I miss something

David Pagnotta
@TheFourthPeriod
The Sharks have hired Doug Weight as a hockey operations advisor

david barnard

confirmed by Sharks twitter account. “hockey ops advisor reporting directly to Grier will assist on player acquisition and development”. exchanging 1 Doug for another.

KE

Sheng didn’t have an article – he’s slacking 😂.
So we have former employees of the NY Rangers and NY Islanders 🤔. Both coaches. Wonder who else from the east coast will be part of the team… Quinn?

Last edited 1 month ago by KE
Ty Comes

Solid (but kind of obvious..?!) guess lmao

Well done 🤙

Last edited 18 days ago by Ty Comes

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