The following is a transcript from the three-part series Shaping the Sharks- a story of how the team is scouted, drafted and developed.
Day in and day out... the job of an amateur hockey scout is endless; watching, analyzing, and searching for the next big talent. They work all year long for one, long weekend when their NHL team has the opportunity to build for the future.
The Sharks are annually amongst the NHL's top regular season clubs. However, this success comes with a price. Since 2003 when Doug Wilson was named General Manager, the Sharks are only one of eight NHL clubs, excluding the expansion Vegas Golden Knights, to not have had a top-3 NHL draft selection.
In fact, the Sharks have only held a Top-3 selection five times in the team's history - none since 1998 and have never drafted first overall. This means the team's hockey department and scouts have had to be creative in order to cast the future of Sharks Hockey.