Sharks' Bystedt draft pick shows Grier's trust in scouts originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
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MONTREAL — Do you trust Tim Burke and Doug Wilson Jr.?
If you do, then keep the faith. Draft picks take a while to develop, so there’s no telling what Filip Bystedt will become.
“Doug and his staff did a good job of identifying players that we wanted, and the [11th] pick was coming around,” new San Jose Sharks GM Mike Grier said. “Those players were starting to become not available. We thought it was best to move back, get some value.”
Kevin Korchinski, Marco Kasper, Matthew Savoie, and Pavel Mintyukov went right before San Jose was slated to pick – so the Sharks traded No. 11 to the Arizona Coyotes for No. 27, 34, and 45. That’s a high first-rounder for a low first and two seconds.
I’m not here to tell you that the Sharks made a great pick at No. 27 – I’ve never seen Bystedt play, so I have no opinion of him.