The Sharks made a high-scoring, Russian-born forward who has played the last two seasons in the Ontario Hockey League their first-round pick in the 2014 NHL entry draft Friday night.

But the selection of Nikolay Goldobin ended up sharing the spotlight with the announcement earlier in the day that John Ferguson, a front-office fixture the last six years as San Jose's director of pro scouting, was leaving to take a job with the Boston Bruins.

In selecting Goldobin, the Sharks got an 18-year-old prospect who has already posted big offensive numbers, totaling 38 goals and 94 points in 67 games last season with the Sarnia Sting.

"He's got great hockey sense, one of the smartest players in the draft," San Jose general manager Doug Wilson said. "He's got a skill set that can be dynamic, but it's the way he sees the game, the way he thinks the game, is historically what allows players to go from that level and be able to play at the next level with really good players."

At the same time, the 6-foot, 185-pound Goldobin himself knows he has to improve his defensive play to fulfill his hockey dream. His plus-minus rating last season was minus-30.

"I'm a playmaker — I can score, I can make a pass," said Goldobin, the top scorer on a team that failed to make the playoffs. "I should be more responsible in the defensive zone so I have a chance in the NHL."

Sharks director of scouting Tim Burke sounded less concerned.

"It's the same with any kid that's offensive at that age," Burke said. "They end up playing a lot, they stay on the ice too long, their team needs them -- and I think that's something that will be addressed when he gets to San Jose."

The Sharks also liked the fact that their top pick is represented by one of their former star players, Igor Larionov.

Goldobin, who was forecast to be a late first-round or early second-round election, was the second-highest scorer among draft eligible players in the OHL.

An International Scouting Service report described him as a "a slick and crafty winger who seemingly can slide in and out of seams and holes with smoothness and deception. ... There may not be a better stickhandler available in this draft."

The Sharks targeted Goldobin, then worked out a trade with the Chicago Blackhawks that allowed them to move down in the draft to get him while adding a third-round pick. San Jose had been scheduled to select 20th but traded that pick and the 179th for the 27th and 62nd.