SAN JOSE -- Scouting director Tim Burke is describing the Sharks prospects chosen Saturday in the NHL entry draft, and there's a common theme to the words and phrases he chooses.

"Heavy game ... a pest ... physical for his size ... competitive ... plays in the crease."

The Sharks, of course, are still dealing with the embarrassment of their playoff collapse to a Los Angeles Kings team that played that kind of hockey. And though none of the players chosen this weekend will provide immediate help at the NHL level, it's not hard to make the connection.

"I think the standard line is we'll always take the best player available," general manager Doug Wilson said. "But as an organization, I'm sure people know the compete factor is something of importance."

There were other patterns as well, as San Jose ended up with seven selections in the final six rounds of the draft that wrapped up in Philadelphia.

The Sharks, who took Russian-born forward Nikolay Goldobin with their first-round pick Friday night, turned to Europe for their next two choices in Swedish defenseman Julius Bergman and Swiss right wing Noah Rod before finishing with five North Americans.

While Wilson always has put a premium on centers and defensemen, five of the eight players selected this weekend were wings.

"There's no doubt that we're really strong down the middle, and having some good young forwards that can come in and complement that is a good thing," he said. "It probably just happened that way, but it's a good thing that we did."


Advertisement

As they often do, the Sharks didn't stay in their assigned draft spots Saturday, moving up and moving down in two separate trades with the Nashville Predators. When the dust settled, San Jose had an extra pick Saturday and one fewer for 2015.

Here's a look at the players chosen Saturday:

  • The Sharks moved up six spots in the second round to make Bergman the 46th player chosen overall. The 6-foot-1, 187-pound puck-moving defenseman had 13 goals and 34 points in 45 games for Frolunda Junior in Sweden last season. "He has a good blend to his game -- offense, defense, shot," Burke said.

  • San Jose used the 53rd overall pick on Rod, a 6-0, 188-pound forward who earned the nickname "the crazy man" while playing for Geneve in the Swiss Junior league, where he scored 16 goals and 37 points in 31 games last season. "He pressures the puck a lot, and he finishes off people," Burke said. "He jolts you."

  • Dropping 10 spots to 72nd overall in the third round, the Sharks chose right wing Alex Schoenbron of the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League. The 6-0, 196-pound native of North Dakota played on the checking line and chipped in with 18 goals in 72 games. "He'll get more opportunity offensively this year, and his numbers should go up," Burke said.

  • The Sharks took Dylan Sadowy, a left wing with the Saginaw Spirit of the Ontario Hockey League, with the 81st overall pick in the third round. The 5-11, 183-pound Sadowy scored a team-leading 27 goals in 68 games while getting in seven fights last season. "I'm not afraid to drop the gloves," Sadowy said. "You do what it takes to get guys going."

  • San Jose added a fourth-round pick in its second trade with Nashville and used it to select 6-foot-5, 225-pound defenseman Alexis Vanier of Baie-Comeau in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. The Sharks took their only center in the fifth round, using the 149th overall pick on 5-foot-10 Rourke Chartier of the Kelowna Rockets in the WHL. Kevin Labanc, a 5-foot-10, 186-pound right wing who was born in Brooklyn, New York, and plays for the Barrie Colts in the OHL, was San Jose's final pick at 171st overall.

  • Elsewhere, the Buffalo Sabres opened the second day of the draft by selecting forward Brendan Lemieux with the 31st overall pick. He is the son of former New Jersey Devils star and Stanley Cup champion Claude Lemieux.

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.

    ONLINE EXTRA

    For a roundup of all eight Sharks draft selections, visit www.mercurynews.com/sharks.