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San Jose Sharks trade up to draft UND commit Jasper Weatherby

UND forward commit Jasper Weatherby was passed over in the first two years he was eligible for the NHL Draft.

He wasn’t on any draft rankings to start this season.

But after leading the BCHL in scoring in both the regular season and postseason -- and lifting the Wenatchee Wild to a league title -- he became one of the fast-risers among NHL prospects.

On Saturday, the San Jose Sharks traded up in the fourth round to draft Weatherby, a 6-foot-4, 215-pound center.

“It’s one of those things where our first two guys were guys (Bernard-Docker and Tychonick) identified and recruited at an early age,” Berry said. “They were the best players all the way up. Jasper had to take a longer path. You could probably call him a little bit of a late-bloomer. He sacrificed a lot in life. He grew up in a small town in Oregon and moved around to get to where he wanted to go.

“It took him a little longer. It was a little bit of a harder path. But it was nice to see him get a little notoriety today. But as he’d tell you, the work keeps on going. You can’t rely on what’s gone on in the past.”

Weatherby will come to UND this fall.

Brad Elliott Schlossman

Schlossman is in his 13th year covering college hockey for the Herald. In 2016 and 2018, he was named the top beat writer in the country by the Associated Press Sports Editors. He also was the NCHC's inaugural Media Excellence Award winner in 2018. Schlossman has voted in the national college hockey poll since 2007 and has served as a member of the Hobey Baker and Patty Kazmaier Award committees.

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