Could another original San Jose Sharks player become Sharks GM?
Of course, Doug Wilson, defenseman on the expansion Sharks, stepped down last month after a successful 19-year run as Sharks GM. Now?
“In a couple of interviews, team president Jonathan Becher mentioned ‘league experience,’” Elliotte Friedman wrote in today’s 32 Thoughts. “Ray Whitney, who joined the department of player safety in 2017, was drafted by San Jose in 1991. A connection that made me think a little.”
Whitney had three assists in two games with the 1991-92 Sharks, a harbinger for a 22-season NHL career that saw him put up 1,064 points. The winger retired after the 2013-14 campaign, suiting up for no less than eight teams, the San Jose Sharks, Edmonton Oilers, Florida Panthers, Columbus Blue Jackets, Detroit Red Wings, Carolina Hurricanes, Phoenix Coyotes, and Dallas Stars. Whitney was a scout with the Hurricanes from 2015-18 before joining the league.
It would appear to be a longshot hire, but Becher himself told San Jose Hockey Now recently that the preliminary GM list was 20-25 long. In that case, a couple longshot interviews, if not more, make sense.