Hockey Wilderness Community 2011 NHL Mock Draft: San Jose Sharks

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We left the mock draft on Saturday with the Tampa Bay Lightning on the clock. With the weekend to consider their pick, they didn't disappoint, and took the big name Russian still left on the board. Vladislav Namestnikov would be a scary addition to the Bolts' center depth that already boasts Steven Stamkos and Vinny Lecavalier. Sick.

We move on from one side of the continent to the other with the mock draft looking like this:

1. Edmonton Oilers: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
2. Colorado Avalanche: Gabriel Landeskog
3. Florida Panthers: Adam Larsson
4. New Jersey Devils: Sean Couturier
5. New York Islanders: Jonathan Huberdeau
6. Ottawa Senators: Ryan Strome
7. Winnipeg: Mika Zibanejad
8. Columbus Blue Jackets
Dougie Hamilton
9. Boston Bruins
Ryan Murphy
10. Minnesota Wild: Sven Bartschi
11. Colorado Avalanche: Duncan Siemens
12. Carolina Hurricanes: Mark McNeill
13. Calgary Flames: Joel Armia
14. Dallas Stars: Zack Phillips
15. New York RangersMark Scheifele 
16. Buffalo Sabres: Nathan Beaulieu
17. Montreal Canadiens: Jamie Oleksiak
18. Chicago Blackhawks: Brandon Saad
19. Edmonton Oilers: Oscar Kelfbom
20. Phoenix Coyotes: Thomas Jurco
21. Ottawa Senators: Matthew Puempel
22. Anaheim Ducks: Alexander Khokhlachev
23. Pittsburgh Penguins: Rocco Grimaldi
24. Detroit Red Wings: Jonas Brodin
25. Toronto Maple Leafs: Ty Rattie
26. Washington Capitals: Steve Mayfield
27. Tampa Bay Lightning: Vladislav Namestnikov

Next up is the San Jose Sharks, a team with a crazy fan base and an even crazier amount of success. Make the jump and pick Jumbo Joe Thornton's new team mate.

Getting drafted into the Sharks organization has to come with mixed feelings. On one hand, you are headed to an amazing organization with a tradition of winning and a rabid fan base. One the other, you know you have to be someone special to crack that lineup. Sure, you have Thornton, Dany Heatley, Patrick Marleau and others to learn from, but what is the likelihood you ever get to skate with them? 

Can the Sharks find the next Logan Couture, or will they find the next AHL superstar at 28? The choice is yours. Make your pick, and make your case.

 

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