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Next Wave: 2020 Draft Class

by Kyle Stuetzel / sjsharks.com

Despite how unique this season was, we had a number of prospects step up and make a significant impact for their respective teams in both the U.S. and overseas.

As we look towards selecting seventh overall in the 2021 NHL Draft, let's take a look at how our 2020 NHL Draft class performed this season in this edition of our Next Wave report presented by Kaiser Permanente:

The Sharks selected nine forwards, a franchise first, in the 2020 NHL Draft. We have already profiled Bordeleau (second round) and Gushchin (third round), but here are how the others performed in their 2020-21 season. 

Ozzy Wiesblatt (first round, 31st overall): Having spent some time with the Barracuda, Wiesblatt appeared in six games and scored three points including another two points in three playoff contests, but returned to the WHL to play with the Prince Albert Raiders. He registered 28 points (seven goals, 21 assists) in 23 games and lead his team in assists and pints. He collected assists in 11 of his final 13 games (three goals, 14 assists) and earned two three-assist contests. 

Tristen Robins (second round, 56th overall): Robins spent a small amount of time with the Cuda, appearing in two contests before resuming his WHL season with the Saskatoon Blades. He recorded 23 points (10 goals, 13 assists) across 16 games and completed his season on a five-game point streak (four goals, six assists). He ranked second on his team in assists and points and was tied for second in goals. 

Brandon Coe (fourth round, 98th overall): With his OHL season canceled due to COVID-19, Coe spent his first professional season with the Barracuda. He appeared in 17 games, scoring five points (one goal, four assists), and registered two assists in four contests during the postseason. He ranked tied for fifth among Barracuda rookies in points. 

Alex Young (seventh round, 196th overall): Young completed his freshman season with 13 points (six goals, seven assists) in 21 games for Colgate University (NCAA). He was named ECAC Rookie of the Month in January after tallying eight points (four goals, four assists) and earned ECAC Third Star of the Week honors in November, ECAC Rookie of the Week Jan. 25, was nominated for the 2021 Hobey Baker Award and named to the ECAC All-Rookie Team. He co-led his team in points, ranked second in goals and was tied for second in assists. 

Adam Raska (seventh round, 201st overall): Raska started 2020-21 in Czech, appearing in 13 total games, and recording one assist before re-joining Rimouski in the QMJHL. He collected 25 points (12 goals, 13 assists) in 22 contests. He scored two goals in his first QMJHL game this season, and went on a hot streak in March, scoring at least one point in eight of the nine games (seven goals, six assists). He helped Rimouski to the quarterfinals and led the team in postseason goals (3) and points (6). He signed with the Sharks on May 12.

Linus Oberg (seventh round, 206th overall): Oberg earned 17 points (13 goals, four assists) in 51 games for Orebro HK in the Swedish Hockey League. He scored a hat trick Oct. 1 and notched a four-point game (two goals, two assists) on Dec. 13. He finished the season fifth on the team in goals and registered three points in nine postseason games.

Timofey Spitserov (seventh round, 210th overall): Spitserov appeared in two USHL games for Muskegon and recorded one assist, but primarily skated with Culver Military Academy. He registered 26 points (16 goals, 10 assists) and led the team in goals and points. He is currently committed to the University of Vermont for the 2021-22 season.

For the full Sharks player report, click here.

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