Chuck Fletcher is getting very familiar with Ron Wilson.
The two general managers completed their third trade of the offseason Saturday when center James Sheppard was traded from the Minnesota Wild to the San Jose Sharks for a third round draft pick in 2013.
Sheppard, the Wild's first round draft pick (ninth overall) in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. He recorded at least 84 points in each of his final two seasons while playing for the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
However, he could not continue that offensive success in the NHL with the Wild (11 goals and 38 assists in 224 games over three seasons).
He missed all of last season after suffering a knee injury during the offseason in an ATV accident.
The Sharks are taking a risk by acquiring the underachieving center who has not played a game since April 8, 2010 for a future top 90 draft pick.
Still just 23-years-old, Sheppard still has a chance to be a very good player. He needs to play more as a power forward than a playmaker. In other words, he plays like Wild forward Pierre-Marc Bouchard when he should be playing like Oiler forward Ryan Smyth.