The San Jose Sharks had until June 1 to sign prospect Dylan Sadowy. If they didn’t, the 20-year-old winger was set to re-enter the upcoming draft and the Sharks would lose Sadowy, a two-time 40-goal scorer in the OHL, for nothing.
Sharks GM Doug Wilson solved that problem Thursday afternoon, however, by working out a deal with Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland.
It was announced by the Red Wings Thursday afternoon that they have acquired Sadowy from the Sharks in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2017 draft, and, according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, Sadowy has signed an entry-level deal with Detroit. That means he won’t be re-entering the draft, and he’s officially a Red Wing.
For all involved, this worked out about as well as everyone could have hoped. Sadowy signs his entry-level deal and won’t re-enter the draft, the Sharks get at least a third-round pick for him and the Red Wings get a prospect, who has shown the ability to be a solid scoring winger, for as little as a third-round pick, which likely wouldn’t have been enough to nab him had he gone back into the draft.
But even if the trade did work out, there’s little doubt the Sharks would have loved to have been able to keep Sadowy, especially with the scoring touch he has shown. In THN’s 2016 Future Watch issue, Sadowy was ranked by a panel of scouts as the eighth-best prospect in the San Jose system and his pure scoring ability is the reason why.
Sadowy scored 45 goals this past season, splitting his time between the Saginaw Spirits and Barrie Colts, to whom he was traded mid-season. It’s not as if his production was a flash in the pan, either. His 45 goals came following a 42-goal season with the Colts in 2014-15 and after a sophomore major junior campaign that saw him pot 27 goals for Barrie. Over 258 total OHL games, Sadowy managed 116 goals and 188 points.
Given that amount of production, Sadowy’s a nice get for the Red Wings, too. And giving up a third-round pick for him shouldn’t hurt too much considering Detroit had their full slate of selections in 2017. It does, however, leave the Red Wings without selections in the third round for each of the next two drafts.
For Wilson, landing a pick in the deal could help as early at the upcoming draft. The Sharks now have two third-rounders to work with in next season’s draft, but only one pick in the first three rounds of the 2016 draft. The additional pick in next season’s draft could give Wilson the option of packaging some picks — he has two fourth-round selections this year — to move up the order if he can find a willing trade partner.