During the Trade Deadline, the San Jose Sharks re-imagined their defensive corps of the future.
They acquired three defensemen – Shakir Mukhamadullin and Nikita Okhotiuk from the New Jersey Devils, and Henry Thrun from the Anaheim Ducks – all, arguably, immediate top-10 Sharks prospects.
Both Mukhamadullin and Thrun have a case for top-five.
At mid-season, San Jose Hockey Now, with the help of multiple NHL scouts and executives, ranked the San Jose Sharks’ top-10 prospects.
They were, counting down, defenseman Artemi Kniazev, defenseman Gannon Laroque, defenseman Jake Furlong, winger Danil Gushchin, center-winger Tristen Robins, winger Cam Lund, defenseman Mattias Havelid, center Filip Bystedt, center-winger Thomas Bordeleau, and No. 1, winger William Eklund.
So with the help from the same sources, where do Mukhamadullin, Okhotiuk, and Thrun slot in SJHN’s post-Deadline top-10?
“I don’t think Nikita got talked about too much about being part of the deal, but he was a huge part for us,” San Jose Sharks GM Mike Grier said after the Trade Deadline, about the 6-foot-1 Russian’s inclusion in the Timo Meier trade. “Our scouts love him and he’s a throwback player. We think he’s going to be a big part of the future.”
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