SAN JOSE -- The Sharks traded for forward Tyler Kennedy of the Pittsburgh Penguins and picked up offensive-minded players with their first two selections in the NHL draft on what turned out to be an active Sunday in Newark, N.J., for San Jose and general manager Doug Wilson.
The Sharks began the day with four picks in the first two rounds but traded their pick at No. 50 in the second round to Pittsburgh for Kennedy, a veteran winger who is set to become a restricted free agent July 2.
San Jose then traded its own first-round pick, 20th overall, and another of its second-round picks at No. 58 to Detroit for the Red Wings' pick at No. 18. There, the Sharks drafted defenseman Mirco Mueller of Everett (Wash.) of the Western Hockey League.
The Sharks kept their other second-round pick, 49th overall, to select forward Gabryel Boudreau of Baie-Comeau in the Quebec Major Junior League.
"You want to leave the floor getting the players that you wanted," Wilson said. "We used the one pick to help our team right away in Tyler Kennedy. He's a guy for us who fits perfectly with how we want to play."
The 5-foot-11, 183-pound Kennedy had six goals and five assists in 46 games for Pittsburgh this season. He had two goals and three assists in nine playoff games but was also a healthy scratch for six postseason contests as the Penguins reached the Eastern Conference finals.
Kennedy, 26, just finished a two-year, $4 million contract with the Penguins and said he would like to remain with the Sharks. He was unsure why Pittsburgh let him go, although it appears the Penguins needed to free up money to help re-sign Pascal Dupuis, who will be become an unrestricted free agent July 5.
"I thought I had a great playoff, and I'm kind of stumped," Kennedy said Sunday. "I'm really kind of lost why they didn't play me more."
In 372 NHL games, all with Pittsburgh, Kennedy has 76 goals and 92 assists, scoring a career-high 21 goals in 2010-11. In 76 career playoff games, he has 12 goals, 15 assists and won a Stanley Cup with the Penguins in 2009. Wilson said he's been interested in Kennedy for close to a year.
Going into Sunday, the Sharks had roughly $3.5 million in cap space, according to capgeek.com, and that did not include the contract of 19-year-old forward Tomas Hertl, San Jose's first-round selection last season. The Sharks still have one more RFA to sign in TJ Galiardi but might put Marty Havlat on long-term injured reserve to provide a small measure of cap relief.
"That will play itself out," Wilson said.
Mueller, who played for Switzerland at both the 2013 under-18 and under-20 World Junior Championships, is thought of as an athletic and offensive-minded defenseman. He is 6-foot-3 and 176 pounds, and had six goals and 25 assists in 63 games for Everett, which is coached by former Sharks coach Kevin Constantine.
"He's a kid that's going to be a very good NHL player for a long time," Wilson said. "Our sense was that he was going to go at any second. You'd rather get the player that you want than miss him by one or two."
Considering their depth at defense, the Sharks will not need to have Mueller in a San Jose uniform this upcoming season. Although his skating ability may be close to NHL-ready, he knows he needs to be a well-rounded defenseman and "get more physicality into my game, to get sort of nastier around the net in our own end," Mueller said. "Play hard and be tough to play against."
Boudreau, at 5-10 and 167 pounds, scored 22 goals with 41 assists in 67 games this past season. In 18 playoff games, he had nine goals and nine assists as Baie-Comeau made the QMJHL finals against Halifax.
After a trade with Chicago to move back in the draft, the Sharks selected Swedish goalie Fredrik Bergvik in the fourth round with the 117th pick, then in the fifth round, picked up American defensemen Michael Brodzinski at No. 141 and Gage Ausmus at No. 151.
Rd (No.) Name Pos. Team
1. (18) Mirco Mueller Defense Everett (WHL)
2. (49) Gabryel Boudreau Left wing Baie-Comeau (QMJHL)
4. (117) Fredrik Bergvik Goalie Frolunda Jr. (Sweden)
5. (141) Michael Brodzinski Defense Muskegon (USHL)
5. (151) Gage Ausmus Defense USA U18 (USHL)
7. (201) Jacob Jackson Center Tartan HS (Minn.)
7. (207) Emil Galimov Left wing Yaroslavl (KHL)