The Sharks ended Day Two of the NHL Draft with six selections, drafting goaltenders Timo Pielmeier and Tyson Sexsmith
, left wingers Patrick Zackrisson and Frazer McLaren, center Nick Bonino, and defenseman Justin Braun
“We are pleased,” said Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson. “We’ll go through a review process of the draft and match up our projections and our wish lists. I think this year will be pretty good, pretty close and pretty positive.”
San Jose made their first selection in the third round at 83rd overall, taking goaltender Timo Pielmeier who has split the past two seasons with Kolner Haie and Koln Jr. in Germany. He was rated 10th among all European goaltenders by NHL Central Scouting and 11th overall among all goaltenders by The Hockey News.
San Jose also acquired a second, third round selection at 91st overall from Colorado in exchange for a fourth round selection (113th overall) and a fifth round selection (143rd overall) in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft and a 6th round selection in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
With the 91st
overall selection, the Sharks took goaltender Tyson Sexsmith
who led the Vancouver Giants of the WHL to the Memorial Cup Championship. Posting a 14-3-4 record and a league-leading 1.70 goals-against average along with a .914 save percentage, Sexsmith also netted four shutouts in 22 games.
“Pielmeier and Sexsmith were rated the highest guys on the board for us,” said Sharks Director of Scouting Tim Burke. “They’re solid and we liked them a lot. Warren (Strelow) had seen both of these guys on tape and he knew about Pielmeier because he had seen him in the World Junior Tournament. He would have loved these two guys. They would have been exciting for him.”
Pielmeier appeared in one game for Team Germany at the U-20 World Championships against Team Canada, making 31 saves and posting a 3.00 goals-against average and a .912 save percentage in a 3-1 loss. He was the starting goaltender for Germany’s U-18 World Championship squad, playing in all six games. He posted a 2-4-0 record, along with a 3.82 goals-against average and a .904 save percentage.
Sexsmith was ranked 8th among North American goaltenders by NHL Central Scouting, 7th among all goaltenders by The Hockey News. He led all WHL goaltenders with a 1.79 goals-against average in his second full season in the league in 2006-07, posting 31 wins (31-12-2-6) along with a .915 save percentage. He was named the CHL Goalie of the Week on Mar. 11, 2007 after compiling two shutouts, three wins and a 0.33 goals-against average along with a .981 save-percentage.
Sexsmith participated in the 2007 CHL Top Prospects game, stopping all 15 shots he faced for Team White and was a member of Team Pacific at the 2006 Under-17 World Hockey Challenge.
“San Jose has a great team and has been great for developing goalies over the years,” said Sexsmith.
In the sixth round, San Jose held two selections taking forward Patrik Zackrisson (165th overall) from Rogle in Sweden and center Nick Bonino (173rd overall) from Avon Old Farms High School in Connecticut.
Zackrisson represented Team Sweden at the U-20 World Jr. Championships, playing seven games posting two points (one goal, one assist) and 12 penalty minutes. With Rogle in Sweden, he collected 34 points (16 goals, 18 assists) and was a +17. In nine playoff games, he added six points (one goal, five assists). He is scheduled to play for Linkoping in the Swedish Elite League next season.
“Zackrisson is a player who has really come on since his original draft year,” added Burke. “He was a huge player on his World Junior Team this year.”
Bonino was ranked 89th among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting, 129th among all NHL eligible players by McKeen’s Hockey and 136th among all NHL draft eligible players by International Scouting Services. He helped lead his Avon Farms team to a record-sixth New England Division I Prep School Championship, posting 56 points (26 goals, 30 assists) in 25 games.
“Borino’s a guy that could have been drafted last year,” said Burke. “I had seen him a year ago in a tournament late in the year and I said ‘wow there’s something here’.”
NHL Central Scouting Says:
“A power forward with playmaking abilities… is strong on his skates and plays well in traffic… has a good shot that is hard and accurate… needs to work on his first step quickness and his speed.”
In the seventh round, San Jose completed the 2007 NHL Entry Draft selecting defenseman Justin Braun
from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst and left wing Frazer McLaren from the Portland Winter Hawks of the WHL.
Braun, who was ranked 209th among all North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting just completed his freshman season with UMass, scoring 14 points (four goals, 10 assists) in 39 games, third among team defensemen. He spent the previous two seasons with Green Bay of the USHL.
“We thought there was a lot of improvement over the year from Braun as a freshman in college,” said Burke. “He’s made a lot of progress this year. We wanted to get another defenseman and we thought he was the one guy that we were willing to take.”
McLaren, a six-foot-five, 230-pound left wing picked up 31 points (19 goals, 12 assists) and 186 penalty minutes in 61 games. Last season with Portland, he racked up 194 penalty minutes in 70 games.