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Sharks Get 1st, 2nd and 4th From Toronto For Toskala And Bell

by Staff Writer / San Jose Sharks
The San Jose Sharks have acquired a conditional first round pick (San Jose’s option for 2007 or 2008), a second round pick in 2007 and a fourth round pick in 2009 from the Toronto Maple Leafs, in exchange for netminder Vesa Toskala and forward Mark Bell. The condition on the first round draft pick is if the Sharks defer to 2008 and the Toronto pick is in the top-10, Toronto keeps the selection and the Sharks get the Leafs 2009 first round slot.

 
Click here to watch Sharks General Manager Doug Wilson discuss the trade from the NHL Draft in Columbus, OH.
 
Mark BellShould San Jose use the first round pick today, Team Teal would draft 13th overall in the 1st round.  San Jose also possesses two 2nd round picks (41st overall from Pittsburgh for Ekman, 44th overall from Toronto), a 3rd (83rd overall), 4th (113th overall), 5th (143rd overall), two 6th rounders (165th overall from Colorado for Parker, 173rd overall) and two 7th rounders (201st overall from Pittsburgh for Schaefer, 203rd overall).
 
Whether the Sharks use the first round pick depends on if their desired player is.
 
“It depends on who is there,” said Wilson.  “I’ll defer to our scouts.”
 
For a list of NHL Central Scouting's Final Player rankings, click here.
 
Toskala, who is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent after the coming season, split time with Evgeni Nabokov during the regular season, but saw Nabokov take over full-time in the rotation late in the year and during the playoffs.
 
"We made the decision that we did," said Wilson. "Both goalies are I think are number ones in this League, but we really like where Nabber’s (Evgeni Nabokov) game is. Toronto got a good guy in Vesa and he’ll do well there."
 
Bell was acquired by San Jose prior to the 2006-07 season, but had a tough start due to some off-ice issues and became a healthy scratch for much of the stretch drive and playoffs.
 
“Mark will be the first to tell you that he didn’t have a great year last year,” said Wilson. “But he’s had some pretty good success in this league in prior years. It’s a combination of some players evolving up from within our organization. Ryane Clowe and Joe Pavelski and a couple other guys have stepped in. I think you’ll see a much better year for Mark next year.”
 
As for the Sharks backup netminder to Evgeni Nabokov next year, it could still stay in the Sharks family.
 
“Greiss, Patzold, they are at the point where they are ready to compete (at this level),” said Wilson.
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