The San Jose Sharks head into the trade deadline as one of the NHL’s deepest rosters. However with other teams in the Western Conference loading up it would smart for Team Teal to counter with a move of their own.
There are several game breaking talents available at this years trade deadline. The San Jose Sharks arguably made the first big splash with the acquisition of Erik Karlsson. This move left them light on valuable assets but never doubt General Manager Doug Wilson’s ability to pull off a deal.
Other Western Conference teams have signaled that they are big game hunters heading into the trade deadline. It wouldn’t be surprising if we see players like Artemi Panarin, Matt Duchene, or Mark Stone head out west to the San Jose Sharks biggest competition.
Realistically Team Teal lacks the capacity to be in play for those three stars, but there are still plenty of other names being floated out there that could solidify the San Jose Sharks as the top team in the league.
The San Jose Sharks don’t have a first rounder in the next two seasons but aren’t afraid of trading a previously drafted high pick. That puts their best prospect Ryan Merkley as an integral piece in a trade for an impact player They also have a few prospects like Joachim Blichfeld and Ivan Chekhovich who are excelling in their current junior leagues. If they truly feel like it would improve this roster they could also swap player for player.
Regardless of how the other teams in the weeks ahead improve, the San Jose Sharks feel they have the fire power to compete with any team in the NHL. The Sharks are most likely looking for a rental considering they want to head into the off-season with as much money as possible to make an offer for EK65 and keep Timo Meier.
That makes the options for the San Jose Sharks even more limited but there are still a few perfect fits that would strengthen their Stanley Cup odds…