The San Jose Sharks have drafted William Eklund with the seventh pick of the 2021 NHL Draft.
Eklund is an 18-year-old who starred as a teenager for Djurgårdens IF.
Per Elite Prospects Draft Guide: “He’s still the draft’s most gifted offensive forward, and probably its most credible dual-threat scorer. He’s dynamic, makes plays at pace, and is comfortable in the small-area game as he is in space.”
#SJSharks select William Eklund 7th overall. I ranked him 1st overall.
Eklund scored at one of the highest rates of any draft year player in SHL history. He's got a near 3/4 chance of becoming a star; if he doesn't become something good, it'll be a near unprecedented surprise. pic.twitter.com/1Ib6m0ax4S
— Patrick Bacon (@TopDownHockey) July 24, 2021
It’s been a while since the San Jose Sharks have drafted so high. Their last top-10 pick was 2015, when they picked Timo Meier ninth. This seventh-overall pick is their highest since they selected Milan Michalek sixth in 2003.
The San Jose Sharks will make Doug Wilson and Eklund available to the media shortly.
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