The San Jose Sharks added C Tomas Hertl out of the Czech Republic with the no. 17 overall pick in the 2012 NHL Draft on Friday. On Saturday, they finished the rest of their draft with five more picks.
In the second round with the no. 55 overall pick, the Sharks selected Canadian C Chris Tierney. In the fourth round, the Sharks added Canadian RW Christophe Lalancette with the no. 109 overall pick. In the last three rounds, the Sharks added C Daniel O'Regan (5th round, no. 138, Germany), D Clifford Watson (6th round, no. 168, USA) and D Joakim Ryan (7th round, no. 198, USA).
The Sharks spread the wealth a bit with what positions on the ice they targeted with their picks. Both the offense and the defense were able to add prospects who could possibly help them down the line.
On Friday, the San Jose Sharks selected Tomas Hertl as the No. 17 pick in the 2012 NHL Draft. Hertl was picked on at least one mock draft to be the appropriate selection for the Sharks' placement in the draft and he stands to show good returns for San Jose.
Perhaps the most intriguing thing about Hertl from a statistical perspective is that his points per game rate playing against men in the Czech Republic's best pro league last season translates (using Gabriel Desjardins' NHL equivalencies) to the highest points-per-game rate among 2012 first rounders outside of first overall pick Nail Yakupov. Knowing what we know about the Sharks organization, I wouldn't be surprised if they use a similar formula to evaluate prospects' offensive outputs.
Hertl is said to need work on his skating, but looks to be an excellent puck-handler.
The first round of the 2012 NHL Draft is well underway in Pittsburgh on Friday night. The San Jose Sharks are looking to rebuild after a disappointing 2011-12 NHL season that saw them nearly collapse in the second half and get bounced out of the Stanley Cup playoffs in the first round. In their first big step toward building the team for the future this offseason, the Sharks have selected center Tomas Hertl as the No. 17 overall pick in the draft.
Born in Prague, Hertl was ranked as the fifth overall European skater by NHL Central Scouting, and ranked 19th overall by TSN in their June 2012 draft rankings.
At 6'2" and 198 pounds, Hertl is expected to develop into a strong power forward, and has already shown he is willing to drive to the net and create offense in international play. Scoring three goals and two assists in six games with Czech team that advanced to the quarterfinals, Hertl was a player that many felt upped his game on the big stage. Considered an average playmaker, his calling card is a powerful, accurate shot he's willing to unleash at any opportunity.
The Sharks will hope that Hertl is able to make an impact for the team in the next few years.
The 2012 NHL Entry Draft is upon us, starting this Friday evening at 4:00 p.m. PT. The Edmonton Oilers have drawn the first overall selection in this year's draft, while your San Jose Sharks are right in the middle at pick No. 17. Just whom will get selected? You'll have to tune in and find out.
Below you can find a complete coverage schedule including TV times.
Round 1: NBC Sports Network starting Friday, June 22 at 7:00 p.m. ET (4:00p.m. PT)
Rounds 2-7: NHL Network starting Saturday, June 23 at 10:00 a.m. ET (7:00a.m. PT)
(You can find even more coverage including a live stream during the draft over at NHL.com.)