- Craig Custance
From just about the moment the San Jose Sharks' regular season ended, GM Doug Wilson has been open about his plans to up the aggression in getting the Sharks back into serious playoff contention.
Just like he telegraphed his plan to move veterans for draft picks, he’s made it clear that he has assets opposing teams want in terms of draft picks and prospects, along with cap space to capitalize on those who don’t have it.
It’s a combination that makes the Sharks a team to keep an eye on this offseason. But during the draft weekend, it was his Pacific Division counterparts who struck first.
The Calgary Flames made the early splash with the addition of Dougie Hamilton, giving them the best defense in the division. The Kings made their splash by adding Milan Lucic, the most prototypical King forward not already playing for Los Angeles.
The Anaheim Ducks went out and solidified their goaltending with Anton Khudobin, and then added the speedy Carl Hagelin in a deal with the New York Rangers. Edmonton added hockey's best prospect since Sidney Crosby and addressed its goaltending with the addition of Cam Talbot.
When the dust settled, Wilson and the Sharks were still waiting to make their move, but to repurpose a phrase Flames GM Brad Treliving likes to use for the draft, the offseason is measured with a calendar, not a stopwatch.
“Last time I checked, it’s still June,” Wilson said after the draft wrapped up. “We haven’t even started playing games yet.”
Further, we haven’t even hit the start of free agency.