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Sharks Among League’s Worst at Drafting Goalies

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Quick, name the last San Jose Sharks-drafted goalie to make the NHL.

You’ve got to go back 15 years to answer that – 2008 fourth-round pick Harri Sateri.

That’s a long time, so long in fact, it’s a league-worst.

That’s right, every team – including the six-year-old Vegas Golden Knights, but not the two-year-old Seattle Kraken – has had a more recent goalie Draft pick appear in an NHL game than the Sharks.

Since Sateri, the San Jose Sharks have selected Fredrik Bergvik (2013), Mike Robinson and Jake Kupsky (2015), Zachary Emond (2018), Ben Gaudreau (2021), and Mason Beaupit (2022). Now that’s not a lot of netminders drafted, but that’s also zero success.

It’s a mark of an organization that hasn’t been able to figure out their goaltending in a while, whether via the Draft, free agency, or trade.

The recent decision for Gaudreau to re-enter the 2023 Draft is just another example of that.

AGENT: Ben Gaudreau Re-Entering Draft

2021 No. 81 Gaudreau, by the way, was the highest Sharks goaltender pick since No. 55 Terry Friesen in 1996. That also makes Gaudreau the second-highest San Jose-drafted goalie ever, followed closely by Robinson (No. 86 in 2015), Timo Pielmeier (No. 83 in 2007), Tyson Sexsmith (No. 91 in 2007), Thomas Greiss (No. 94 in 2004), Vesa Toskala (No. 90 in 1995), and Dan Ryder (No. 89 in 1991).

But back to Harri Sateri!

Pulling up at the rear with the Sharks and 2008 in drafting goalies futility are the Chicago Blackhawks (2010: Kent Simpson), Detroit Red Wings (2010: Petr Mrazek), Los Angeles Kings (2011: Christopher Gibson), and Winnipeg Jets (2013: Eric Comrie).

Another telling piece of history: The last significant netminder drafted by the San Jose Sharks was Alex Stalock in 2005, “significant” loosely defined as a keeper who’s played 20-plus games in an NHL season.

That’s also a long time ago too, with only the Blackhawks (2003: Corey Crawford), Montreal Canadiens (2005: Carey Price), and Kings (2006: Jonathan Bernier) suffering a similar drought.

All this is to say, the San Jose Sharks need to draft a good goalie, and fast. Will this be the year?

TeamLast Drafted NHL GoalieDraft YearLast Drafted "Significant" NHL GoalieDraft Year
Anaheim DucksLukas Dostal2018Frederik Andersen2012
Arizona CoyotesIvan Prosvetov2018Adin Hill2015
Boston BruinsJeremy Swayman2017Jeremy Swayman2017
Buffalo SabresUkko-Pekka Luukkonen2017Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen2017
Calgary FlamesDustin Wolf2019Jon Gillies2012
Carolina HurricanesPyotr Kochetkov2019Pyotr Kochetkov2019
Chicago BlackhawksKent Simpson2010Corey Crawford2003
Colorado AvalancheJustus Annunen2018Spencer Martin2013
Columbus Blue JacketsVeini Vehvilainen2018Elvis Merzlikins2014
Dallas StarsJake Oettinger2017Jake Oettinger2017
Detroit Red WingsPetr Mrazek2010Petr Mrazek2010
Edmonton OilersStuart Skinner2017Stuart Skinner2017
Florida PanthersSpencer Knight2019Spencer Knight2019
Los Angeles KingsChristopher Gibson2011Jonathan Bernier2006
Minnesota WildKaapo Kahkonen2014Kaapo Kahkonen2014
Montreal CanadiensCayden Primeau2017Carey Price2005
Nashville PredatorsYaroslav Askarov2020Karel Vejmelka2015
New Jersey DevilsNico Daws2020Nico Daws2020
New York IslandersIlya Sorokin2014Ilya Sorokin2014
New York RangersIgor Shesterkin2014Igor Shesterkin2014
Ottawa SenatorsLeevi Merilainen2020Marcus Hogberg2013
Philadelphia FlyersSamuel Ersson2018Carter Hart2016
Pittsburgh PenguinsFilip Gustavsson2016Filip Gustavsson2016
San Jose SharksHarri Sateri2008Alex Stalock2005
St. Louis BluesJoel Hofer2018Ville Husso2014
Tampa Bay LightningHugo Alnefelt2019Connor Ingram2016
Toronto Maple LeafsJoseph Woll2016Garret Sparks2011
Vancouver CanucksArturs Silovs2019Thatcher Demko2014
Vegas Golden KnightsJiri Patera2017N/AN/A
Washington CapitalsIlya Samsonov2015Ilya Samsonov2015
Winnipeg JetsEric Comrie2013Connor Hellebuyck2012
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