Although Danny O’Regan enjoyed a terrific season in the AHL last year, San Jose has to be particularly pleased with the ongoing development of Timo Meier.
A powerful forward who couples elite skill with physicality, Meier was a longtime standout with the Halifax Mooseheads of the QMJHL as well as an international star for Switzerland.
With a nasty edge to his game, the Blackhawks have to hope De Brincat can excel at the NHL level, as, at the moment, it appears as though none of the team’s other prospects will.
While it is difficult to draft a handful of players every June, successfully building and developing a particular player’s skill-set is another task entirely.
If adequate opportunity and coaching are not made readily available, picks turn into busts and contenders quickly turn into pretenders.
As a potential contender, it is virtually impossible to achieve and sustain success without possessing a wealth of exceptional young talent.
If an NHL organization does not retain the prospects necessary to ensure long-term prosperity, a state of perpetual ineptitude lays in wait.
With the exception of Kevin Labanc, only one player drafted by San Jose outside of the opening round over the past five years has skated with the Sharks.
Fortunately, the team does have a few skaters poised to enjoy success at the NHL level.
However, simply acquiring these prospects is half of the battle, as the efforts of each and every league franchise during the annual NHL Entry Draft has a major impact on the health of a respective farm system.
While drafting is, in fact, crucial, individual player development is equally if not more important.
– 2016-17 NHL/QMJHL: 1/34GP – 0/10G, 0/45Pts The Ottawa Senators enjoyed a shocking run in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
After knocking off the Boston Bruins and Rangers, the Senators came up short against the eventual champion Penguins in a hard-fought seven game series.
Led by their best players, Ottawa resoundingly proved that despite recent years of futility, the team is and will continue to be one to be reckoned with in the Eastern Conference.