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San Jose Sharks Trade Targets Set Two Teams

Editors Note: The following guest submission is courtesy of Pucknology Writers Room’s Zachary DeVine.

The San Jose Sharks trade targets should only address one area: scoring depth. The Sharks are frequent buyers at the NHL trade deadline and general manager Doug Wilson brought in three players last year at the deadline and tinkered with the roster in four of the previous five years. The Sharks current compliment of skaters has room for improvement. And there are options available on the trade market to bolster the forward groups.

Last Year’s Holes Are Filled

Defensively and in goal, the Sharks do not need anything, unlike last year when Roman Polak, Nick Spaling and James Reimer came from Aaron Dell is underworked but more than capable. A trade to stabilize the backup position was much needed last year and completely unnecessary in the current campaign.

Dylan DeMelo should return in plenty of time for a conditioning stint with the San Jose Barracuda and a month of ice time with the team. He’s proven to be an excellent seventh defenseman. His return also will set the Barracuda’s defense back to full strength for their playoff run as well.

San Jose Sharks Trade Targets

Target: PA Parenteau

Team: New Jersey Devils

2016-17 Cap Hit: $1.25 million

2017-18 Season Status: UFA

The New York Islanders made a, ahem, odd move this summer ahead of the current season in waiving PA Parenteau. The under appreciated winger boasts 0.61 points per game average in his nearly 500 game NHL career. The capability in a middle-six role for Parenteau is where the Sharks could use for the playoff push. The right-handed left winger is affordable, skilled, versatile, experienced and on the market.

Of all the players on this list, Parenteau is likely the most available with the Devils both out of the playoffs and working to amass youth throughout the organization. Additionally, the versatility of Parenteau, both the player and the contract, is a very enticing package.

Target: Patrick Eaves

Team: Dallas Stars

2016-17 Cap Hit: $1.0 million

2017-18 Season Status: UFA

Patrick Eaves is having the best year of his entire career at nearly 33 years of age. The 21 goals scored by Eves this year is only the second time he has scored over 20 goals over the course of his career. The only previous time he has scored over 20 was his rookie season with the Ottawa Senators as a 21-year-old rookie. The right-handed winger is wildly affordable for the team, but there are red flags.

Over 71% of Eaves five-on-five hockey is with Jason Spezza, Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin and Mattias Janmark. Just how much is Eaves riding shotgun is uncertain. But the Sharks talent level to surround Eaves with players to keep his output at its current elevated pace. Holding back Eaves is the Stars might still see themselves as capable of sneaking into the playoffs and trades within the conference are not as desirable as outside. The final piece: Eaves’ beard game is very strong. He’d instantly fit with the Beard Brothers, and a trio of elite facial hair players assures postseason success.

Target: Thomas Vanek

Team: Detroit Red Wings

2016-17 Cap Hit: $2.6 million

2017-18 Season Status: UFA

The most expensive option on the target list is another right-handed left winger. Thomas Vanek is the most accomplished of the targets, and his skills have the longest track record of success. Vanek has mostly skated with Frans Nielsen in his current season with the Red Wings. Both Logan Couture or Tomas Hertl are upgrades over Nielsen and increased production with Vanek skating on in the middle of San Jose’s lines is likely.

Vanek also has the size needed for the Western Conference and at 6’2 and 214 pounds he has the frame to make an impact as well. He checks all the boxes that the Sharks need to be marked off.

Wilson Planning for Two Playoffs

The other item that no one is talking about is the Barracuda playoff picture. Currently on an 11 game winning streak, the long term healthy of the organization is two-fold.

San Jose Barracuda
San Jose Barracuda are good, young, and currently in first place in the AHL’s Pacific Division. (Scott Dinn/San Jose Barracuda)

On one hand, the Sharks playoffs need to have a deep run, return to the playoffs and ideally get a step closer than last year. On the other, the Barracuda are overflowing with young players early in their careers, either professionally or here in North America.

The Tommy Wingels trade seemed to address a roster logjam while adding meat and skill for the Barracuda. With players like Timo Meier, Marcus Sorensen, Joakim Ryan, Danny O’Regan, the list goes on, all will benefit from a long spring in the AHL playoffs.

Much like last season’s Toronto Marlies, a deep run in the AHL playoffs prepares these young players in a way that any regular season outside of the NHL will not. Wilson should make a move to acquire one of these three players to stabilize the Sharks roster. If he does not feel one of the youngsters who made the line-up, such as Meier, Sorensen, Ryan Carpenter or more recently Nikolay Goldobin can cement a roster spot and be an improvement over one of these available players a move needs to be made.

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