Wild West: San Jose Sharks – Organization Review

Grant Campbell


The Sharks made a big step towards their rebuild by trading Brent Burns to Carolina for Steven Lorentz, Eetu Makiniemi, and a conditional 3rd round pick in 2023. It will be interesting what they do with Logan Couture, Timo Meier, Tomas Hertl and Erik Karlsson going forward.

GM and Coach

Mike Grier is the new GM in San Jose, after a lengthy playing career and three seasons as an assistant coach in New Jersey. He officially took over on July 5th and was in charge of the draft on July 7th.

David Quinn was just named the new coach in San Jose for 2022-23 after three seasons as head coach with the NY Rangers. He has a career record of 96-97-25 and made the playoffs in one of the three seasons.

Salary Cap

The Sharks have just over $2 million in cap space available to them for the 2022-23 season.

The team has just over $5.1 million this season and just over $5.9 million in dead cap space next season. In year three it becomes $4.38 million and $1.67 million for years four and five.

Brent Burns will cost them $2.72 million in retained salary for the next three seasons. Martin Jones will cost them $2.42 million this year, $2.92 million next year and $1.67 million in each of the three years after as the result of his buyout. Rudolfs Balcers will cost them $8k this year and $308k next year.

Draft Picks

Nashville had nine picks in the 2022 entry draft. They traded their 11th overall pick (Conor Geekie) for the 27th overall (Filip Bystedt -C), the 34th overall (Cameron Lund-C) and the 45th overall (Mattias Havelid – D). Time will tell on this trade as this draft had some wide ranging takes, but moving down from picking Frank Nazar or Jonathan Lekkerimaki might come back to haunt them four or five years down the road.

San Jose picks were:

1st round – 27th overall – Filip Bystedt (18) (C) 40-16-33-49 with Linkoping HC Swedish J20

2nd round – 34th overall – Cameron Lund (18) (C) 62-25-25-50 with Green Bay USHL

2nd round – 45th overall – Mattias Havelid (18) (D) 29-10-9-19 with Linkoping HC Swedish J20

3rd round – 76th overall – Michael Fisher (18) (D) 28-13-37-50 St