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Prospect Spotlight: Mario Ferraro

by Joe Spurrier / sjsharks.com

Sharks prospect Mario Ferraro has flashed his talent at multiple levels throughout the early stages of his hockey career. After a productive year in the USHL with 41 points (eight goals and 33 assists) in 60 games, he rose up draft boards and the Sharks noticed.

Ferraro was drafted by the San Jose Sharks in the 2nd round (40th overall) in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. He was the only blueliner that the team selected in that year's draft and one of four defensemen that the Sharks have drafted in the first two rounds since 2010.

After being drafted, Ferraro left the USHL to join the Massachusetts Minutemen in Hockey East of the NCAA.

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Prospect Spotlight: Jake Kupsky

by Joe Spurrier / sjsharks.com

It is often difficult to project how hockey players will develop. It is perhaps even more challenging with goaltenders. For this reason, many great NHL netminders fall to the later rounds or even go undrafted. Sharks goaltending prospect, Jake Kupsky waited until the seventh round of the 2015 NHL Draft before hearing that he would become the 193rd draft choice and the latest prospect of the San Jose Sharks.

Kupsky, listed at 6'4" and 200lbs, has nearly the exact same measurements as current Sharks goaltender Martin Jones. Kupsky is currently playing his best hockey in his third season at Union College. 

Kupsky was primarily slotted in a backup role during his first two seasons with Union. During the beginning of this season, he continued battling for the starting goalie role and has since secured it with a remarkable second-half performance.

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Prospect Spotlight: Alexander Chmelevski

by Joe Spurrier / sjsharks.com

The Sharks had several high-potential prospects fall to them in the second half of the 2017 NHL Draft. One of these players was Alexander "Sasha" Chmelevski, who wasn't selected until the sixth round (185th overall). Originally from Huntington Beach, Chmelevski became only the second California native to be drafted by the San Jose Sharks.

The Sharks were thrilled to add his tremendous scoring ability and creativity with the puck to their rising prospect pool. Initially projected to be a third-round pick, several scouts saw him as one of the steals of the draft.

Chmelevski showed flashes of becoming a scoring threat in his first couple of seasons in the OHL, playing for both the Sarnia Sting and the Ottawa 67's. His tournament play for the U.S. National U17 team in 2015-16 impressed scouts, but he had trouble in carrying over the same production to the OHL the following season.

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Prospect Spotlight: Dylan Gambrell

by Joe Spurrier / sjsharks.com

Dylan Gambrell started this calendar year on a great note. In his first two games of 2018, Gambrell registered five points (3 goals and 2 assists), 15 shots and a +5 rating. His strong performance earned him Bauer National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) Player of the Week honors.

A week later, it was announced that Gambrell was nominated for the 2018 Hobey Baker Award. The Hobey Baker Award is an annual award given to the top National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) men's ice hockey player. Jack Eichel (BUF) and Johnny Gaudreau (CGY) are some of the more recent winners.

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Balcers Leading the Way In Latest Group of Prospects

by Nick Nollenberger @NickNollen / sjsharks.com

The Jury is no longer out; moving the San Jose Sharks American Hockey League affiliate from Worcester, Mass. to San Jose in 2015 has been a smashing success for the Sharks player development program.

Over the last three seasons, 20 players have skated for both the Barracuda and Sharks - including 12 players on the Sharks current roster.

In 2016-17, with one of the AHL's youngest rosters, the Barracuda racked up countless accomplishments including capturing a Western Conference regular-season championship, and advancing to the Western Conference Final - both of which had never been accomplished by a Sharks affiliate. In addition, Head Coach Roy Sommer was named the AHL's Coach of the Year (Louis A.R. Pieri Award), Goaltender Troy Grosenick was voted the AHL's Goaltender of the Year (Aldege "Baz" Bastien Award), and Forward Danny O'Regan was awarded AHL Rookie of the Year honors (Dudley "Red" Garrett Award).

Seven players from last season's Barracuda Conference Finals team have spent significant time on the Sharks roster this season including Timo Meier, Kevin Labanc, Joakim Ryan, Tim Heed, Barclay Goodrow, Marcus Sorensen, and Danny O'Regan. An eighth - Ryan Carpenter - played 16 games with San Jose before being taken on waivers by the Vegas Golden Knights.

Naturally, any team would be negatively affected by losing seven of its top players from one season to the next, but the Barracuda have made admirable strides integrating new players into their line-up this season and are staying in the playoff hunt.

Perhaps no one has had a bigger impact than standout rookie Rudolfs Balcers, who represented the Barracuda at the AHL All-Star Classic earlier this week. The 20-year-old native of Liepaja, Latvia was selected by the Sharks in the fifth round (142 overall) of the 2015 NHL Draft and signed his entry-level deal with San Jose after development camp this summer.

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Sharks Prospect Jayden Halbgewachs Hits 50 Goal Milestone

by San Jose Sharks @SanJoseSharks / sjsharks.com

San Jose Sharks prospect Jayden Halbgewachs, 20, scored his 49th and 50th goals on January 19 in his 47th game of the season the Moose Jaw Warriors of the WHL. His 50 goals came at a pace that hasn't been seen in the WHL in at least a decade (1.06 goals per game). With 25 games left in the regular season, Halbegwachs is on pace to score more than 76 goals this season. It was his 14th multi-goal game of the season.

Tweet from @MJWARRIORS: . @SanJoseSharks prospect Jayden Halbgewachs (@halbgewachs97) picked up his 50th goal last night in his 47th game. He joins Theo Fleury (@TheoFleury14) & Kent Hayes as the only Warriors to have back to back 50 goal seasons pic.twitter.com/KVUpg7c6WH

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Prospect Spotlight: Joachim Blichfeld

by Joe Spurrier / sjsharks.com

The San Jose Sharks have a proven track record of finding quality hockey players in the later rounds of the NHL Draft. In the 2016 NHL Draft, the Sharks selected Joachim Blichfeld with the 210th pick in 7th round.

After the 2016 NHL Draft, Blichfeld left the J20 SuperElit League in Sweden to further develop his game with the WHL's Portland Winterhawks. In the two years that he has played in Portland, the Danish winger has registered 88 points (41 goals and 47 assists) in 89 games played.

The Portland Winterhawks are currently ranked third in the Western Conference of the WHL, and Blichfeld has been a large part of their success. He currently ranks fourth on Portland in goals and is tied for second on the team in game-winning goals despite missing 11 games.

Portland's head coach Mike Johnston believes that Blichfeld possesses the potential to be an impact player in the NHL.  

"Over the last year, Joachim has proven to be one of the better pure scorers in the WHL," said Johnston. "He has great hockey sense and will definitely be an offensive threat at the professional level."

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Sharks 2017 Prospect Showcase Tickets on Sale

Sharks announce roster, details for four-team tournament in San Jose

by San Jose Sharks @SanJoseSharks / sjsharks.com

SAN JOSE - The San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) announced today that tickets for the 2017 Prospect Showcase, a four-day tournament from September 9-12 in San Jose, are now on sale. The tournament will include the Anaheim Ducks, Arizona Coyotes, and Colorado Avalanche. In addition, the Sharks vs. Ducks game on Sunday, Sept. 10 will now be played at SAP Center at San Jose.  

Each team will play three full games during the round-robin event, facing each opponent once. The Sharks will take on the Avalanche on Saturday, Sept. 9, followed by the Ducks on Sunday, Sept. 10 at SAP Center, and the Coyotes on Tuesday, Sept. 12. 

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Camp Quotes: Adam Helewka

by Ann Frazier / sjsharks.com

Camp Quotes: Adam Helewka

Camp Quotes: Adam Helewka

Check out San Jose Sharks prospect Adam Helewka in this episode of Camp Quotes

  • 00:56 •

The 2015 4th round pick, Adam Helewka is at his second Sharks Development Camp.  

In his first full season with the San Jose Barracuda, Helewka scored 14 goals and 15 assists in 58 games. "I'm a two-way forward," Helewka said. "I like to take care of defense first but then I like to be creative in the offensive zone. I like to call myself a playmaker."

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Camp Quotes: Mario Ferraro

by Ann Frazier / sjsharks.com

Camp Quotes: Mario Ferraro

Camp Quotes: Mario Ferraro

Check out San Jose Sharks prospect Mario Ferraro in this episode of Camp Quotes

  • 00:58 •

San Jose's 2017 second round pick is enjoying the challenge of his first Sharks Development Camp. 

Mario Ferraro, a defenseman out of King City, ON, describes himself as an "offensive defenseman who takes pride in the d-zone." His stats from his draft year bear that out; with the USHL's Des Moines Buccaneers, Ferraro scored 8 goals and 33 assists in 60 games. 

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