This will likely draw the ire of X-Sharkie and other Shark fans, but I haven't been impressed with the Sharks drafting in the 2000's. I realize it's too early to judge the players in the last three drafts, but Carle is the only one that has come to the fore so far IMO. As for the first three drafts of the 2000's, it has produced two- part-time NHLers at this point, not exactly a recipe for success. 2000 41 D Tero Maatta 104 R Jon DiSalvatore 142 C Michal Pinc 166 G Nolan Schaefer 183 R Michal Macho 246 R Chad Wiseman 256 D Pasi Saarinen 2001 20 C Marcel Goc 106 D Christian Ehrhoff 107 G Dmitri Patzold 140 L Tomas Plihal 175 W Ryan Clowe 182 C Tom Cavanagh 2002 27 Mike Morris 52 D Dan Spang 86 R Jonas Fiedler 139 W Kris Newbury 163 D Tom Walsh 217 D Tim Conboy 288 Michael Hutchins 2003 6 W Milan Michalek 16 R Steve Bernier 43 C Josh Hennessy 47 D Matt Carle 139 G Patrick Ehelechner 201 R Jonathan Tremblay 205 F Joe Pavelski 216 F Kai Hospelt 236 C Alexander Hult 267 Brian O'Hanley 276 Carter Lee 2004 22 L Lukas Kaspar 94 G Thomas Greiss 126 C Torrey Mitchell 129 G Jason Churchill 153 C Steven Zalewski 201 D Michael Vernace 225 D David MacDonald 234 G Derek MacIntyre 288 G Brian Mahoney-Wilson 289 D Christian Jensen 2005 8 R Devin Setoguchi 35 D Marc-Edouard Vlasic 112 G Alex Stalock 140 G Taylor Dakers 149 D Derek Joslin 162 P.J. Fenton 183 D Will Colbert 193 Tony Lucia San Jose's high picks in the 2000's: Maata, Morris, Goc, Kaspar, Michalek, Bernier and Setoguchi. A relatively fair way to judge how the picks stack up is to compare them to the next pick in each draft. That being the case, the Sharks could have drafted Usturnul, Johansson, Armstrong, Suter, Parise, Meszaros,and Lee. I like that second group quite a bit more than San Jose's. Even worse, later picks in each round that the Sharks could have drafted included: Vermette, Toivunen, Perezhogin, Meszaros, Bourdon, Carter and Parise. I realize that every team looks great at the draft board when you do it that way, but when the difference in the quality of players is that noticeable, you have to wonder just how successful the Sharks have been at the draft table, particularly when they continuously make bold moves. San Jose is gaining a reputation for choosing players ranked lower by the consensus (Morris, Spang, Bernier, Kaspar and now Setoguchi), and I'm not so sure they made the right choices. One can't help but wonder if the Sharks haven't squandered draft picks by either moving up in the first round to pick players they didn't have to move up to select, or drafted players they could have still grabbed by moving down and picking up extra draft picks. I will admit the 2003 draft looks like a good one for San Jose, but they're not alone. It was an exceptional draft year. Will Michalek ever be better than Carter, Suter and Phaneuf? He isn't at this point due to his injury woes; he's got a long way to go to be at their present level. It's not like he had never been injured before he was drafted either, so, again, San Jose gambled, and so far has lost. Bernier attended the 2003 NHL scouting combine at least 20 pounds overweight - many NHL scouts were disgusted at his physical appearance, (one told me he was "soft as a grape"), and I am fairly confident in saying most teams were not considering him with a top 20 pick. Will he be as good as Parise? He isn't at this point. Nor is he as good as Getzlaf, Kesler, Bergeron, etc. Maybe he'll surprise me and end up being better than a lot of the players taken after him, but at this point he's behind several of them. As for the second round in 2003, Hennessy has a long way to go before he's an NHLer (I'm not sure he has the goods), but Carle was a great pick. That's one "great pick" in the last 6 years until someone else proves me wrong. Actually; I'll say Ehrhoff was a "solid" pick at 106th overall; make it two high value picks thus far from the past six drafts. That's not good enough. As for Kaspar, being an Ottawa 67s fan living near Canada's capital, I saw them play several times last season, and did not come away overly impressed with the "Ghost". A good nickname for him, because he has a tendency of disappearing for long stretches in games. I saw him as a second round pick in his draft year; after seeing him loaf last season I'm not sure I'd have picked him before the third round. Morris and Spang? Time will tell; they're certainly not hyped very much, same with Maata. One thing's for sure, none of the three are anywhere near HF's top 50 list, nor it's Top 100 list. I must say the biggest surprise of the first round this year was SJ moving UP to take Setoguchi - a totally unnecessary move given that none of the teams, unless I'm way out in left field here, were remotely considering selecting Setoguchi with a top 12 pick. Not Atlanta, not Ottawa, not Vancouver, and not LA. Why waste a second round pick then? Was there another list on this earth that had Setoguchi as a top six player? You'd have to figure that he must have been a top six player on SJ's list to have moved up from 12th to 8th; hell - they may have even had him second on their list. One thing's for sure - SJ has no connections with hockey Canada; Setoguchi wasn't even invited to the summer WJC camp after playing in the program last spring. Obviously Hockey Canada was not overly impressed with some aspects of his play, time will tell if everybody but the Sharks were correct in their reservations. Okay Shark fans - tell me I'm way off base here. Are there Shark fans out there that have been disappointed with the Sharks drafting this millennium? I know I wasn't too impressed with the Habs drafting tendencies from 1994-2000 (a lot of first round busts); the problem wasn't solved until there were some changes at the top of the scouting chain. Are there San Jose scouts still living off the glory of drafting Marleau, Hannan and Stuart? Marleau and Stuart were pretty much "gimme" top three picks that were highly rated on everyone's lists (not even SJ could pass on them); Hannan was the best first round pick the Sharks ever made value wise, but that was a decade ago now. Barry Fraser lived off his early success at the draft for much too long in Edmonton - he didn't leave until he finally decided to retire (about 10 first round busts later). Here's hoping the Sharks don't have a "Fraser" in thier midst. Thoughts?