We are gathered here today to mourn the loss of one of Ian’s favorite prospects, Dylan Sadowy…
Alright to get serious as it has been reported from many outlets, the San Jose Sharks have traded unsigned 3rd round pick in 2014 to the Detroit Red Wings for a 3rd round pick in the 2017 draft. The Red Wings wasted no time signing Sadowy to an entry level contract. Dylan Sadowy was the sharks 3rd round draft pick, 81st overall. He plays left wing who shoots left and stands about 6’1 and 194 lbs. This is a guy who I was obviously very excited about as I wrote my own plea for him to get a deal from the San Jose Sharks.
Personally, I’m not angry at the move, and that might just be because a birth into the Stanley Cup finals can cure most sports related pain so the timing of this couldn’t be better. I’ll also take the time to admit that this is a case where fandom may cloud some of my objectivity. If I am to be objective though I’ll still acknowledge that this is a big loss for the System, and while the Sharks have a decent amount of Sadowy like players I really thought that he had one of the better shots to make the NHL of most of them.
Right now we don’t know a lot of the behind the scenes so you are going to see some speculation and I apologize for adding to it. Some speculation is that it was Sadowy’s decision not to sign because there is frankly a log jam of middle six players in the system not just on the big club but in the Barracuda as well with additions like Marcus Sorensen, Jonathon Martin, a likely to be resigned Jeremy Morin among others. The Sharks may have also looked at this log jam and decided that they would rather try and get something for him before he re-entered the draft. Again this is all speculation and should all be taken with a grain of salt until we can get some facts for credible sources.
Objectively speaking my fear now is that I oversold Sadowy to the fan base, again this is disappointing but nothing to riot over, the Sharks do have other players like this in the system including a guy who is in my opinion the odds on favorite to be in the lineup this fall in Timo Meier. Timo Meier has some very similar attributes to Sadowy with a much higher ceiling where as Sadowy was far more likely to start the year on the San Jose Barracuda. Meier has 5 goals in 3 games so far at the MasterCard Memorial Cup. So join me in lamenting the fact that a highly talented prospect is on his way out of town but understand that there are still a lot of great prospects in the system.