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Sheng’s Daily: Should Sharks Pursue Athanasiou or Hinostroza?

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“The biggest surprise of the 2020 NHL Draft wasn’t the Calgary Flames trading back in the first round not once, but twice, or the New Jersey Devils taking Shakir Mukhamadullin in the first 20 picks.

“No, it was San Jose Sharks director of scouting Doug Wilson Jr., and this gesture, specifically for Ozzy Wiesblatt’s mother, Kim White.”

Ozzy Wiesblatt: “My mom will never forget that.”

More on the newest San Jose Sharks prospect:

Welcome, Ozzy Wiesblatt!

And a Sharks draft preview with Ryan Wagman of McKeen’s Hockey and J.D. Burke of Elite Prospects…Wagman actually called Wiesblatt (kind of)!

Sharks Draft Preview: J.D. Burke & Ryan Wagman on Who San Jose Might Pick

In other San Jose Sharks news…

Learn more about Ozzy and his family in this touching Sportsnet video!

Or check out The Athletic’s Scott Cruickshank’s story about the Wiesblatts.

Fear the Fin’s Sie Morley talks about the importance of Wilson Jr.’s gesture.

Around the NHL…

ESPN’s Chris Peters has complete coverage of the 2020 NHL Draft, from pick-by-pick analysis to best remaining prospects today. (ESPN)

Gary Bettman announces January 1, 2021 as the start date of the next NHL season. (NHL)

RFA Vinnie Hinostroza will not be qualified…should the San Jose Sharks check in? (Craig Morgan)

If not Hinostroza, how about Andreas Athanasiou? (Detroit Press)

Henrik Lundqvist is expected to sign with the Capitals. (NY Post)

Caps also re-sign San Jose Sharks fan favorite Brenden Dillon to a four-year contract. (Washington Post)

Blue Jackets trade Josh Anderson to Canadiens for Max Domi, third-round pick. (The Cannon)

Is Steven Stamkos available via trade? (TSN)

Oliver Ekman-Larsson tells Coyotes to trade him by Friday. (Boston Hockey Now)

A visit with the remarkable Charlie Lyons, the Avs’ first owner. (Colorado Hockey Now)

Is Pittsburgh undoing or creating mistakes? (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

Every first-round pick in Florida Panthers history from best, worst, and in-between. (Florida Hockey Now)

Golden Knights select Brendan Brisson at No. 29. (Vegas Hockey Now)

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