San Jose Sharks goalie Evgeni Nabokov stops the penalty shot of Minnesota Wild center James Sheppard, right, during the second period of an NHL hockey game Friday, April, 2, 2010, in St. Paul, MinnSan Jose and Minnesota have made their third deal of the off-season, with centre Sheppard going to the Sharks on Sunday for a third-round draft pick in 2013 THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Tom Olmscheid
SAN JOSE, Calif. - San Jose and Minnesota have made their third trade of the off-season, with centre James Sheppard going from the Wild to the Sharks on Sunday for a third-round draft pick in 2013.
Sheppard was the ninth overall pick in the 2006 draft, but the native of Lower Sackville, N.S., never performed up to his first-round potential. He missed all of last season after breaking his left kneecap in an off-ice accident. Sheppard has 11 goals and 38 assists in 224 career games.
Sheppard was a restricted free agent, but he has already a signed contract with the Sharks.
In June, San Jose sent Devin Setoguchi as part of a package to Minnesota for all-star defenceman Brent Burns. Last month, the Sharks traded Dany Heatley to the Wild for Martin Havlat.