Sharks' pick slots revealed for upcoming 2021 NHL Draft originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
In an important year for the future of the Sharks, San Jose will have eight total selections in the 2021 NHL Draft.
The Sharks will pick seventh overall in the first round of the July 23 draft, and San Jose's second-round pick (No. 39 overall) belongs to the Ottawa Senators as the final piece of the Erik Karlsson trade.
Check out their full allotment of picks below.
Round 1: No. 7 overall
Round 2: None
Round 3: No. 71 overall
Round 4: Nos. 103, 121 overall
Round 5: Nos. 135, 156 overall
Round 6: No. 167 overall
Round 7: No. 199 overall
After multiple seasons without a playoff appearance, the Sharks have remained publicly adamant about the lack of interest in a rebuild, instead looking to "reset" the roster going forward.
The most recent mock draft from The Athletic has the Sharks selecting Michigan center Kent Johnson at No. 7. Johnson was one of the top players in the Big Ten last season and shows promise as a future forward in the NHL.
Doug Wilson and the front office also could be looking to bolster their depth at forward and potentially add another goaltender in the later rounds, now that Alexei Melnichuk and Josef Korenar appear close to cracking the Sharks' active roster.
We'll see who the Sharks end up selecting on July 23 when the first round gets underway.