SAN JOSE — Exit Mirco Mueller, enter Mario Ferraro. The Sharks replaced a former-top blue line prospect in the second round of the 2017 NHL Draft in Chicago Saturday, using one of the picks (No. 49) they acquired from the New Jersey Devils in the Mirco Mueller trade last weekend to acquire a slick-skating defenseman from the United States Hockey League. With the No. 49 pick, the Sharks selected Mario Ferraro, a mobile, puck-moving blue liner who collected 41 points (8g, 33a) in 60 games for the Des Moines Buccaneers last season. “I haven’t been the biggest defenseman for most of my life, so I’ve had to rely on my skating ability and my quickness out there,” said Ferraro, who’s listed at 5-foot-11,
The Arizona Coyotes had a somewhat unexpected shakeup this past week when the team and long-time head coach Dave Tippett mutually agreed to part ways after nine seasons together. The search for a replacement began immediately and according to Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal the Coyotes will be speaking to former Oilers coach Todd Nelson about the vacancy. Nelson spent 51 games behind the Oilers bench during the 2014-15 season replacing Dallas Eakins.
All of the picks in the 2017 NHL draft.