July 1st was not only Canada Day, it was a time for armchair NHL GM's to sharpen their pencils, crank up the salary cap analytics, and start wheeling and dealing with the lives of all of the free agents who flood the market in search of new playing contracts.
But for the San Jose Sharks, it has long been a time to reflect on the prospects just selected at the NHL Entry Draft, and to eagerly anticipate the annual prospect development camp, which takes place this year July 3-7 at Solar4America Ice at San Jose.
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The key to the health of any franchise is in its ability to scout, draft, and develop the game's future stars, and the Sharks have been one of the League's best when it comes to its approach to finding such talent. Just a week ago, they made 6 great selections at the 2017 NHL Entry Draft in Chicago, and they have consistently focused on hockey IQ, athletic ability and fitness.
For the very first time, San Jose selected two California natives, Jacob McGrew (Orange) and Alexander Chmelevski (Newport Beach) in one draft, which is a definitive indicator of the impact that the NHL has had in the Golden State over the last couple of decades. But more on that in a moment: let's take a look at a capsule summary of this season's Entry Draft: