“If you’re getting them for the fourth hole, wing or center, okay, not bad. But if you’re getting them for the third hole, that comes with a rosary.”
That’s what one scout said about veteran UFA centers Travis Zajac, Derek Stepan, Derick Brassard, Brandon Sutter, Derek Ryan, and Carl Soderberg. So the San Jose Sharks, in search of a reliable third-line center, should probably look elsewhere.
We’ve already heard from three NHL scouts about the best pivots in this summer’s free agency class and what they could add to the San Jose Sharks — centers like David Krejci, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Phillip Danault, Mikael Granlund, Alex Wennberg, Nick Foligno, Erik Haula, Tyler Bozak, Nick Bonino, Barclay Goodrow, Paul Stastny, and Ryan Getzlaf.
Here’s what the scouts think of the lower tier: Do Zajac, Stepan, Brassard, Sutter, Ryan, or Soderberg still have good hockey to offer the San Jose Sharks or another NHL team?
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