ASSISTANT GENERAL MANAGER
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VICE PRESIDENT & ASSISTANT
SAN JOSE SHARKS
SAN JOSE BARRACUDA
Joe Will begins his eighth season as assistant
general manager for the San Jose Sharks and his
sixth as general manager of the Sharks’ American
Hockey League affiliate (Worcester Sharks and San
In San Jose, Will works closely with general manager Doug Wilson on all daily
departmental functions and his primary responsibilities include contract research
and negotiations, scouting operations, fiscal planning, salary cap analysis and
hockey administration. He’s the lead coordinator and planner for the Sharks
training camp, scouting meetings and scouting conference calls each season.
In addition, as general manager of the San Jose Barracuda, he oversees all of
the hockey operations for the Sharks AHL affiliate, including player evaluation,
player contracts, and player recall and reassignments.
In an effort to strengthen the organization’s player development system and
program, the Sharks relocated their American Hockey League affiliate to San Jose.
Beginning in the 2015-16 season, the Barracuda became a part of the AHL’s new
Pacific Division and now play their home games at SAP Center. The move west
eliminated the need to fly players across the United States in the event of recalls and
reassignments, adding valuable rest and practice time. It also allowed for greater
interaction and observation from San Jose’s development coaches.
The relocation has paid immediate dividends. The Barracuda finished the 2016-
17 season with the second-best winning percentage in the AHL (0.699%), winning
the Bud Poile Trophy as the Western Conference regular season champions and
the John Chick Trophy as Pacific Division champions, and earning an appearance
in the Western Conference Final. In addition, the Barracuda held an AHL seasonlong
winning streak of 14 games, paced the AHL in goals per game (3.44),
ranked second on the power play (23.8%), eighth ranked penalty kill (83.3%)
and had nine different players spend time on the Sharks roster, all while having
the fifth youngest team in the league. The season marked one of the most successful
campaigns in San Jose Sharks minor league affiliate history.
Moreover, individual feats highlighted the 2016-17 season; Troy Grosenick
became just the fifth goaltender in AHL history to reach double-digit shutouts (10)
earning him the Aldege “Baz” Bastien Award (goaltender of the year) and a
First Team AHL All-Star nod; Danny O’Regan received the Dudley “Red” Garrett
Memorial Award as the AHL’s rookie of the year; and Tim Heed merited Second
Team AHL All-Star honors.
All of these accomplishments occurred following a concerted effort by the front
office to reinvigorate the organization’s prospect pool, largely spearheaded, at the
AHL level, by Joe Will. On top of the Barracuda players who were recognized with
major awards, Head Coach Roy Sommer was named as the AHL’s Coach of the
Year (Louis A.R. Pieri Award).
One of Will’s most important duties involves the tracking, analyzing and
projecting of the team’s player payroll relative to the current and future National
Hockey League salary cap to give the team the financial flexibility to ice a
championship-caliber team each season.
Will, 54, also works with the organization’s professional scouts and management
team in player research for expansion, waivers, free agency and trades. His expert
analysis of economic trends in the NHL has led to the Sharks acquisition and
retention of several key veteran players over his time with the club.
Prior to his current roles, Will served as the team’s director of hockey operations
from 2004-2011. A member of the Sharks organization since the franchise’s
inception in July 1990, he has also previously served as assistant to the general
manager and scouting coordinator.
The Bloomington, Minn. native also works with director of scouting Tim Burke
in the development and implementation of draft prospect testing, draft table
operations and computer scouting analysis. Will is an integral part of the team’s
draft-day strategy. Without his coordinating efforts, the team would not have drafted
2001 Calder Memorial Trophy winner Evgeni Nabokov in 1994. In addition, he
developed the Sharks computer scouting program that pioneered the advent of
scouting programs now used throughout the NHL.
Prior to joining San Jose, Will spent six years in the Minnesota North Stars
organization in various capacities.
Tim Burke enters his first season as assistant
general manager alongside Joe Will, and his 22nd
season overall with the Sharks. Burke most recently
worked as the director of scouting with San Jose
for 21 years.
Burke, 63, coordinates and oversees the Sharks
efforts in the National Hockey League’s annual draft
while working closely with General Manager Doug
Wilson and his staff. In addition to being the principal decision maker at the draft
table, Burke is also responsible for evaluating amateur talent at every level in all
North American and European leagues and supervises all aspects of the club’s
amateur scouting efforts.
Burke’s hard work and keen decision making, coupled with the talents of his
competent staff at evaluating players, has produced admired results. Burke’s
selection process has helped the Sharks create a solid foundation of talented
players from which to build the franchise around — including Joe Pavelski (2003),
Marc-Edouard Vlasic (2005), Justin Braun (2007), Logan Couture (2007), Dylan
DeMelo (2011), Tomas Hertl and Chris Tierney (2012), and Timo Meier (2015).
Beginning with the 2003 NHL Draft, Doug Wilson’s first as general manager, and
through the 2017 draft, Sharks draft selections have played the fifth-most games of
any NHL team’s draft picks (10,411) and posted the fifth-most goals (1,693) in that
span, despite the organization having the lowest average draft position of any NHL
team during that span (129.75).
A member of the Sharks scouting department since the 1992-93 campaign,
Burke was promoted to director of scouting on June 4, 1996. Before his promotion,
Burke served as director of professional scouting from 1992-96 and evaluated
talent throughout all North American professional leagues and assisted with
From 1987-92, he spent five seasons in the New Jersey Devils organization,
serving in several capacities, including as a Devils assistant coach, head coach for
the American Hockey League’s Utica Devils and as a pro scout. Burke was also an
assistant coach at Princeton University from 1984-86.
A former defenseman, Burke was selected by the Montreal Canadiens in the
seventh round (124th overall) of the 1975 NHL Entry Draft and by the Chicago
Cougars in the second round (25th overall) of the 1974 World Hockey Association
Entry Draft. He was a four-year letterman in both hockey and baseball at the
University of New Hampshire, where he was named to the NCAA’s All-America
hockey team after his senior campaign.
He played seven years of professional hockey following his outstanding collegiate
career, including three seasons (1977-80) with the Nova Scotia Voyageurs, the
Canadiens AHL affiliate, and one season with Jokerit Helsinki in the Finnish Elite