The San Jose Sharks have long believed in the philosophy of taking things slow, and letting young players develop to earn the opportunity to play with the big club. Unfortunately for the Sharks in the last five years, there have not been many opportunities earned.

Since the 2008 draft, the Sharks have drafted a total of 32 players but only one of those (Jason Demers) can be considered an NHL regular. The fish have one of the worst draft pick to NHL conversion rates in the league during that span, giving ample ammunition to the critics who tend to take a “what have you done lately” mentality.

The good news however is that, while things have not been great in the prospect pipeline lately, there is a legitimate probability that the work of the past and the slow development process might finally start to pay off in the next few seasons. The Sharks have a number of young-ish (remember, Doug Wilson does not believe in rushing young players) prospects on the cusp of finally breaking out, and while this has been the same story for a few seasons now, there can be no argument that the Sharks prospect depth is the strongest it has been in quite some time.