In the first round, the Sharks moved up from the 12th overall selection to eighth overall to select Devin Setoguchi from Saskatoon (WHL).
The Sharks acquired the 8th overall selection from the Atlanta Thrashers in exchange for the 12th overall selection, a second round selection (49th overall) and a seventh round selection (207th overall).
"When your amateur staff tells you how strongly they feel about a player, we didn't want to risk not getting Devin," said Wilson. "He was an important player for us. We identify the players we want, try to forecast the range they may fall and be aggressive to try to go get them. We were very pleased to get him at eighth."
Setoguchi was ranked tenth among all North American skaters by the NHL's Central Scouting Service. In 69 games with Saskatoon, he posted 64 points (33 goals, 31 assists) and 34 penalty minutes.
NHL's Central Scouting described Setoguchi as:
A strong skater with a quick stride ... solid on his skates and has tremendous balance and mobility ...displays exceptional lateral movement when skating with the puck and is outstanding in one-on-one situations ... controls the puck well with his head up in full stride and in tight situations ... has a great awareness of where his teammates are and distributes the puck well using flat or saucer passes ... can score in many different ways, with his hard quick accurate shot, beating defenders or goaltenders with a deke ...goes hard to the net and has good hand-eye coordination for one-timers... has excellent scoring instincts ... usually starts his game playing the body with hard hits and finishing his checks with authority ...a very competitive player, illustrated by the fact that most his goals come on the road rather than at home ... a feisty player who is always in the face of the opponent ... uses his body well to protect the puck ... knows his responsibilities away from the puck ... is a threat to score on both the power-play and penalty-killing units ...selected fifth overall in the 2002 WHL Bantam Draft ... voted to the 2005 CHL Top Prospects game in Vancouver and won the 'hardest shot' competition ... a member of Team Canada at the 2005 U-18 World Championship.
In the second round (35th overall, acquired from Calgary in exchange for Miikka Kiprusoff), the Sharks selected defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic from Quebec in the QMJHL. Ranked 70th among all North American skaters by the NHL's Central Scouting Service, Vlasic notched 30 points (five goals, 25 assists) and 33 penalty minutes in 70 games.
NHL's Central Scouting described Vlasic as:
A very good skater with a smooth stride and good acceleration ... he turns and pivots well ... he is smart and has a good understanding of the game ... handles the puck well, has the savvy and skills to rush it ... usually makes a good first pass and makes good plays coming out of his own end ... his positional play in defensive end is good ... he has an accurate shot from the point where he is most effective on power plays ... has the know-how to angle incoming forwards away from slot area ... uses his stick and skills to pokecheck and break up the play at the blue line ... will definitely have to improve his intensity and physical play in order to be effective at the next level ... voted to the QMJHL all-star team for the Canada-Russia hockey challenge.
The Sharks traded their third round selection (73rd overall) to Tampa Bay in exchange for a fifth round selection in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft (162nd overall) and a fourth round selection in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.
In the fourth round (112th overall), the Sharks nabbed goaltender Alex Stalock from Cedar Rapids in the USHL. Helping to lead his team to the USHL Championship, Stalock posted a 19-9-3 record in 32 games with a 2.73 goals-against average, .905 save percentage and one shutout. In the post-season, he was 7-2, playing in nine of his team's 11 games, with a 1.44 goals-against average and a .950 save percentage. He is slated to return to Cedar Rapids next season and is committed to the University of Minnesota-Duluth the following year.
The Sharks had four selections in the fifth round (140, 141, 149 and 162). With the 140th overall selection, San Jose took Taylor Dakers, a goaltender out of Kootenay in the Western Hockey League. Dakers, the eighth ranked goaltender among North Americans, played in 23 games with Kootenay posting a 13-7-2 record, 2.03 goals-against average with four shutouts.
NHL's Central Scouting described Dakers as:
A strong skater with good balance and lateral movements ... his positional play is an excellent part of his game; angles are very good, always staying square to the shooter ... good with the poke check and does a good job of blocking passes through the crease and from behind the net ... adept at reading the oncoming play ... possesses a quick glove hand ... good at going behind the net to stop the puck and moves it properly ... uses paddle down on wrap-around attempts and scramble situations ... has a strong, well-balanced butterfly stance ... likes to challenge the shooter, stays patient and holds his ground ... shows quickness in both his reactions and recovery ... consistently shows good concentration and focus ... strong in his crease, holding his ground in traffic as well as with players driving hard to the net ... displays a confident attitude.
San Jose traded the 141st overall selection to the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in exchange for a sixth round selection in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft (193rd overall) and a seventh round selection in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.
With the 149th overall selection, the Sharks selected defenseman Derek Joslin of the Ottawa 67's in the Ontario Hockey League. Joslin posted 30 points (six goals, 24 assists) in 68 games with Ottawa, the second-highest scoring defenseman on the team, behind fellow Sharks draft selection William Colbert (6th round, 183rd overall).
For their final fifth round pick, San Jose took forward Paul (P.J.) Fenton from the University of Mass - Amherst (Hockey East). The team's second-leading scorer, Fenton tabbed 25 points (13 goals, 12 assists) and 28 penalty minutes in 38 games. He is the son of former original Shark and current Director of Player Personnel for the Nashville Predators Paul Fenton.
In the sixth round at 183rd overall, the Sharks selected defenseman William Colbert from the Ottawa 67s (OHL). Colbert scored 32 points (six goals, 26 assists) and 65 penalty minutes in 68 games last season. Colbert, a 2003 seventh round selection (228th overall) of the Ottawa Senators, led all Ottawa 67's defensemen in scoring last season.
For San Jose's final pick in 2005, also in the sixth round (193rd overall), they took Tony Lucia from Wayzata High School (USHSW) in Minnesota. He also played in 11 games with Omaha of the USHL, posting one goal.
"We're happy with the group we got," said Sharks Director of Amateur Scouting Tim Burke.
Here is a comprehensive look at the Sharks selections in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft