Shuffling The Deck With The San Jose Sharks
The official statement from San Jose Sharks General Manager Doug Wilson was “We’ve been caught by the injury bug lately, so we needed some more bodies, some NHL experience on our forward lines…”. Okay. But when I heard of the acquisition of Ben Eager and Kyle Wellwood I immediately thought of one thing - Wilson is getting ready to trade one or more of our top 6 forwards to shore up the defense. Despite the constant ‘new for 2010-2011′ hacking from the likes of Douglas Murray and Marc-Edouard Vlasic, the departure of Rob Blake left us without any legitimate scoring threat from the blue line. Then there’s also the lack of that truely immovable, stay-at-home defenseman that everyone seems to be screaming about. Perhaps these acquisitions give the team the additional skating talent and experience needed to ’safely’ jettison a few ‘commodities’ in order to put those last defensive pieces together?
Then upon further pondering I though the acquisitions are also a sign of discontent with the talent in Worcester. It’s no secret that the Sharks, a traditionally good team at drafting and developing talent, has run very thin ‘at the farm’ over the last few years - trading away a lot of high draft picks to make a run at it now. Are the likes of Jamie McGinn, Benn Ferriero, Frazer McLaren and Bradon Mashinter - apparently the best Worcester has to offer - not good enough (just yet) to be playing regularly at the NHL level?
Tonight the Sharks play the Vancouver Canucks - a really BIG test to see if the Sharks have really begun to pull it all together after slogging through a really bad losing trend. A win would be nice, but if anything can we try not to give up the first goal, get shut out and/or blow another 3rd period lead. To quote Al Davis - ‘just win baby!’.