San Jose Sharks Trade Up, Select Defenseman In Round Two


Jun 26, 2015; Sunrise, FL, USA; General view of team executives on the arena floor in the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft at BB&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The San Jose Sharks wasted no time in getting right to business on the second day of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. The Sharks came into the day holding the ninth pick, number 39 overall, in the second round but general manager Doug Wilson was aggressive in moving up.

Wilson moved up eight spots in a trade with the Colorado Avalanche as San Jose kicked off the second round by drafting Jeremy Roy, a defenseman from Sherbrooke of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL).

Basically, the Sharks swapped second rounds in this year’s draft and returned the picks they received from the Avalanche in the trade for Brad Stuart last summer. In essence, San Jose moved Stuart for Roy which is a pretty nice piece of business.

Roy, a 6-foot, 188-pound, right-handed defensemen fills a major need for the Sharks. Roy is known as an offensive defenseman and moves the puck well. San Jose needs more defenseman who can move the puck, especially on the right side.

In two seasons with Sherbrooke, Roy posted 19 goals and and 68 assists in 10o games. Last season, Roy paced Sherbrooke on the back end, scoring almost a point per game (43 in just 46 games).

Here’s a breakdown of Roy from NHL Central Scouting’s Troy Dumville:

"“Jeremy is a very good puck-moving defenseman. He skates well and plays a physical game. He’s a right shot that often played left side. He can quarterback the power play and he’s highly skilled with the puck.”"

From the sounds of Dumville’s assessment, Roy sounds a lot like former Shark Dan Boyle. Roy seems like an option on the power play and is willing to jump into the play. This sounds like a nice pick by Wilson as San Jose is desperate for defensive depth.

Roy was ranked number 21 by NHL Central Scouting so the Sharks did well to grab him at number 31.

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