One might ask how that would reflect well on him on a team with so few good skating prospects. Examining the pool further shows that San Jose has done quite well with what he has had to work with.
In the drafts that he was a part of, the Sharks only selected two forwards in the first round—both in the second half of the round. While he can claim little credit for the one year Charlie Coyle and Tomas Hertl were with the team after they were drafted, both look like they may even exceed expectations of where they were picked. Logan Couture was nearly a sure thing, but Ricci did take a role in his early development and he has almost already accomplished what the average ninth pick does (see James Sheppard).
The evidence gets stronger when examining the rest of the draft picks he has had to work with.
Fewer than five years after being drafted in the sixth round, Tommy Wingels landed a regular forward role in 2011-12 and even found time on the second line in 2013. Only two other forwards were drafted in 2008—in the third and seventh rounds.
No one else has made it to the NHL, but the only forwards drafted in 2009 were in the fifth and seventh rounds. The next year there were five forwards picked, but only Coyle in the first two rounds. The 2011 draft hardly has time to produce a player for San Jose yet, especially when only one pick is before the fifth round.
In addition to getting something out of this scant prospect pool, he has helped the Sharks add undrafted free agent signing Andrew Desjardins to Wingels as forwards helping the team right now. The list of other prospects still with the team suggests there will be more making their way to the NHL soon.