Sharks: Where are they now? Ty Wishart
After a tough start to the 2006 season, the San Jose Sharks were a part of one of the biggest blockbuster trades of the era when they received Joe Thornton from the Boston Bruins in exchange for forwards Marco Sturm, Wayne Primeau, and defenseman Brad Stuart. This was the start of good times for the San Jose franchise. They went from last place in their division to clinching the 5th seed in the Western Conference. Although San Jose ended up losing in the second round of the playoffs, the future looked bright for the Sharks. Now jump to the 2006 draft. With the 16th overall pick, the San Jose Sharks selected Ty Wishart from the Prince George Cougars in the Western Hockey League (WHL).
The Build Up
Our story of Ty Wishart starts during his rookie season in the WHL with the Prince George Cougars. Initially, Wishart wasn’t an extremely impressive player, posting only 8 points and was a -14 on the season. By his second year in the WHL, Wishart showed massive improvement and managed to score at over a 0.5 points per game (ppg) pace as well as holding a positive plus/minus. At this point in time, Wishart was growing into a big, skilled defenseman and was drafted 16th overall by the Sharks. After his draft, Wishart stayed in the WHL and had his best season yet posting 0.79 ppg, and even managed to get 11 points in 15 playoff games. Things were starting to look bright for Wishart, and many people believed he could seriously turn into a high-level NHL defenseman. After another career-best year in the WHL, Wishart finished the year off playing with the Worcester Sharks, San Jose AHL affiliate.
Surprisingly, this would be the last time Wishart played within the Sharks organization as he was a part of a trade that sent him to the Tampa Bay Lightning. Wishart spent his next season, playing for the Norfolk Admirals, and although he didn’t put up a lot of points, he impressed management enough to get his big break. Wishart played 5 games with the Tampa Bay Lightning that season however he was unable to impress much more.
After finally getting his NHL start, it seemed like everything was heading uphill for Wishart, but after that season it would be over a year until we saw Wishart make the jump to the NHL level again. This time he would do it with the New York Islanders. In 20 games with the Islanders, Wishart only managed to put up 5 points and eventually made his way back to the AHL. The next season Wishart got his last NHL chance where he only played one game before his NHL career was finished forever. Wishart would play the rest of that season and the next in the AHL before heading overseas to join the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL), a professional hockey league in Germany. After that season Wishart made one more attempt at professional hockey in North America, playing 15 games in the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL), before leaving North American hockey for good.
Where is he now?
Recently, Wishart just finished his second season playing in the DEL2, the second-tier of professional hockey in Germany. During this season the now 33-year-old Wishart put up 9 points in his 42 games, and zero in his team’s short playoff run. This may have been the end of Wishart’s European hockey tenure as he recently joined the Melbourne Mustangs of the Australian Ice Hockey League (AIHL). As of the writing of this article, Wishart has scored 3 goals and has 1 assist in Melbourne's two games played.
So almost 16 years after his NHL draft, Ty Wishart is still living his hockey dream, in a place where the sport of hockey is just starting to grow its roots.