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Round 1: (27th overall) Nikolai Goldobin
Goldobin, 18, spent last season with Sarnia of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), where he led his team in scoring, recording 94 points (38-56=94) and 21 penalty minutes in 67 games. His 94 points ranked seventh in the OHL, and he recorded at least a point in 22 consecutive games from Nov. 14, 2013 to Jan. 11, 2014. Goldobin recorded 43 points during the streak (21-22=43), including three four-point performances.
“His strengths are his offensive ability,” said Burke. “It kept coming back to this guy. He has a lot of offensive ability, scoring, playmaking.”
The six-foot, 185-pound native of Moscow, Russia, scored a goal and an assist and was named Team Cherry’s Player of the Game at the 2014 CHL Top Prospects Game. He also added an assist in two games for the Russian Selects at the 2013-14 Junior Super Series. Goldobin led all OHL rookies in both goals (30) and points (68) in 68 games during his first season in North America in 2012-13. He tallied an assist in four playoff games with Sarnia and was the runner-up for the OHL Rookie of the Year award while earning OHL All-Rookie Second Team honors.
In 2011-12, he tallied 22 points (13-9=22) in 50 games for Chekhov of Russia’s Junior Hockey League (MHL) and represented his country at the 2012 Ivan Hlinka Memorial tournament, collecting three points (1-2=3) in four games. Goldobin was ranked 24th among North American Skaters by NHL Central Scouting.
Round 2: (46th overall) Julius Bergman
A defenseman from Frolunda of the Swedish Junior League, Bergman was ranked 19th by Central Scouting among all European skaters. Bergman recorded 34 points (13-21=34) and 54 penalty minutes in 45 games with Frolunda’s junior squad, ranking first on the team in goals, assists and points amongst defensemen. Among league blueliners, the six-foot-one, 187-pound Bergman ranked second in goals and tied for third in points.
“He has a good blend to his game, both offensively and defensively,” said Burke about the defenseman’s skill set.
Round 2:( 53rd overall) Noah Rod
A forward from Geneve in the Swiss Junior League, Rod was ranked 27th by Central Scouting among all European skaters. Rod, a six-foot, 188-pound right wing collected 37 points (16-21=37) and 58 penalty minutes in 31 games in the Swiss Jr. League. The native of Switzerland appeared in 28 games in the top Swiss league, posting one goal and two assists. Rod represented his country in the 2014 World Junior U-18 Championship, registering six points (2-4=6) and 22 penalty minutes in five games.
“He’s a very hard-nosed, competitive guy and he played with men over there (in the Swiss League) and he did pretty well at a young age,” said Burke.
Round 3: (72nd overall) Alex Schoenborn
From Portland of the Western Hockey League, forward Schoenborn was ranked 78th overall by Central Scouting among all North American skaters.He posted 36 points (18-18=36) and 121 penalty minutes in 72 games, leading Portland in penalty minutes while ranking eighth on the team in goals. The six-foot, 196-pound right wing is a native of Minor, North Dakota.
“He plays a heavier game, a big strong kid. He’s very physical,” Burke remarked on Schoenborn’s defensive skills.
Round 3: (81st overall) Dylan Sadowy
A forward from Saginaw of the Ontario Hockey League, Sadowy finished the season ranked 33rd among all North American skaters by Central Scouting. The five-foot-eleven, 183-pound left wing recorded 36 points (27-9=36) and 69 penalty minutes in 68 games with Saginaw. Sadowy was Saginaw’s nominee for the 2013-14 Ontario Hockey League Most Outstanding Player of the Year after leading the team with 27 goals.
Tim Burke said of Sadowy’s game, “He’s a feisty, competitive guy. He goes to the net, stays at the net and is a relentless type of guy. He plays above his size.”
Round 4: (102nd overall) Alexis Vanier
From Baie-Comeau of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, defenseman Vanier was ranked 112th overall by Central Scouting among all North American skaters. The six-foot-four, 215-pound defenseman posted 36 points (15-21=36) and 52 penalty minutes in 61 games last season, ranking tied for first amongst team blueliners in goals and second in points.
Round 5: (149th overall) Rourke Chartier
A center from Kelowna of the Western Hockey League, Chartier was ranked 136th overall by Central Scouting among all North American skaters. The five-foot-ten, 173 pound pivot compiled 58 points (24-34=58) and eight penalty minutes in 72 games. Chartier played for Canada Western at the U-17 Ivan Hlinka Memorial tournament in 2013 and posted one assist in five games.
Round 6: (171st overall) Kevin Labanc
Labanc, a forward from Barrie of the Ontario Hockey League, was ranked 115th overall by Central Scouting among all North American skaters. The five-foot-ten, 186-pound native of Brooklyn, New York, recorded 35 points (11-24=35) and 30 penalty minutes in 65 games last season. He helped Team USA earn a silver medal at the 2013 U-18 World Junior Championship, posting one goal in seven games.
All players drafted by the Sharks are expected at the 2nd Annual Sharks Prospect Summer Scrimmage presented by Playstation held at SAP Center on July 9th. Details and to purchase tickets can be found here.