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Sharks Conclude 2012 NHL Draft with Five Selections

by Staff Writer / San Jose Sharks

SAN JOSE, California – The San Jose Sharks concluded the 2012 NHL Draft today with Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson and Director of Scouting Tim Burke making five selections for a total of six in the two-day draft.

After selecting center Tomas Hertl in the first round (17th overall) on Day One of the 2012 draft, the Sharks made their next selection in the second round (55th overall), choosing center Chris Tierney from the London Knights in the Ontario Hockey League. He was ranked 118th by Central Scouting among all North American Skaters.

Tierney posted 34 points (11 goals, 23 assists), 20 penalty minutes and was a +25 in 65 games. The six-foot, 181-pound native of Keswick, Ontario helped London win the OHL title and earn a berth in the Memorial Cup. He added seven points (five goals, two assists) and four penalty minutes in 19 postseason games.

The Sharks acquired a fourth round selection (109th overall) from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange a seventh round selection in 2012 (191st overall, previously acquired from Tampa Bay) and a fourth round selection in 2013. With the 109th selection, San Jose selected Christophe Lalancette from Acadie-Bathhurst in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. He was ranked 62nd by Central Scouting among all North American Skaters.

Lalancette, a six-foot, 168-pound right wing from Roberval, Quebec posted 47 points (16 goals, 31 assists and 35 penalty minutes in 63 games with Acadie-Bathhurst.

In the fifth round, San Jose selected center Daniel O’Regan out of St. Sebastian High School in Massachusetts. O’Regan was ranked 76th by Central Scouting among all North American Skaters.

He posted 56 points (21 goals, 35 assists) in 27 games and also played ten games with the United States U-18 team, where he picked up seven points (three goals, four assists). O’Regan is scheduled to attend Boston University this fall and his father, Tom, played for the Pittsburgh Penguins as well as playing professionally in Germany.

In the sixth round, the Sharks took defenseman Clifford Watson out of Sioux City in the USHL. Watson, a stay-at-home defenseman, posted eight points (all assists) in 58 games and 53 penalty minutes last season. He was ranked 170th by Central Scouting among all North American Skaters. He is scheduled to play at Sioux City this upcoming season and then committed to attend Ohio State University.

In the seventh round, with their final selection of the 2012 NHL Draft, San Jose selected defenseman Joakim Ryan from Cornell University. Ryan was ranked 174th overall by Central Scouting among all North American Skaters.

In his freshman season at Cornell, Ryan posted 17 points (seven goals, 10 assists) and 20 penalty minutes in 34 games.

Click here for a comprehensive look at the Sharks selections in the 2012 NHL Draft.

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