Sharks GM Wilson: 'We're not going to finish last to try and draft people first or second'

Jul 11, 8:56 AM

The San Jose Sharks have built a reputation as a well-oiled regular season machine that crumbles miserably once the postseason rolls around.

Following their latest foray into the realm of playoff humiliation (blowing a 3-0 series lead to the eventual Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings), Sharks general manager Doug Wilson committed to a rebuild that would look to create a culture of "teammates" as opposed to "co-workers".

Although complete team rebuilds frequently involve the absolute bottoming out of a franchise, Wilson admits that his team is too talented to tank in hopes of grabbing a high pick at the next NHL draft.

"I can understand when people say there are different types of rebuild," Wilson told David Pollak of The San Jose Mercury News. "We're not going to finish last to try and draft people first or second. This is not something this franchise can do, because we already have some good players in key positions. You're not going to see us with 50 points next year -- we're too good a team for that."

Feature photo courtesy of US PRESSWIRE/Jason O. Watson