Various sources report the Minnesota Wild yesterday dealt forward James Sheppard to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a third round pick in 2013.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Sheppard missed last season recovering from a fractured patella suffered in an ATV accident last summer. This move also marks the third trade in as many months between the two clubs. A once-touted prospect, Sheppard struggled through three seasons with the Wild, and it remains to be seen if he’ll find a place in the Sharks lineup.