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SJHN Daily: Hawks Wanted Kahkonen for Fleury, Bordeleau & Chrona in Frozen Four

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The San Jose Sharks have no shortage of high-level prospects waiting in the wings to have the chance to make their NHL debut, but you may have forgotten the slew of prospects the organization has tucked away in the NCAA, players like center Thomas Bordeleau and goaltender Magnus Chrona. 

Chrona and Bordeleau will be facing off in the Frozen Four on Apr. 7, as Bordeleau’s Michigan will be taking on Chrona’s University of Denver for a chance to reach the NCAA Championship game. Minnesota and Minnesota are squaring off in the other semifinal.

In case you forgot these two members of the Sharks’ bright future, here’s a brief primer: Bordeleau is 20 years old, was drafted in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft in the second round at 38th overall. He’s on the smaller side for a Center, at just five-foot-nine, but he has the speed, puck management skills, and offensive wherewithal to make up for what he lacks in size. He’s in his second year with the University of Michigan, and notched a goal and two assists versus Quinnipiac to help the Wolverines to a Frozen Four berth.

Chrona is 21 years old, drafted in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft by the Tampa Bay Lightning, in the fifth round, 152nd overall. He was acquired by the San Jose Sharks last April in exchange for Frederik Claesson. He’s already a big body in the net – a factor the Sharks seem to prioritize in their goaltending, at six-foot-six. 

Chrona stopped 23 of 24 University of Minnesota Duluth shots to lead Denver to the Frozen Four.

Both Bordeleau and Chrona are currently unsigned. San Jose Sharks acting GM Joe Will said recently that he believes the highly-touted Bordeleau is ready for pro hockey.

The San Jose Barracuda’s regular season is scheduled to end on Apr. 23.

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Chicago wanted Kaapo Kahkonen in return for Marc-Andre Fleury. Instead, the Wild sent Kahkonen to the Sharks for Jake Middleton. [The Athletic

SAP Center COVID-19 rules are changing in regards to vaccination status and testing. [Mercury News

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Around the NHL…

The Vegas Golden Knights’ Evgenii Dadonov deal was shut down by the NHL. [CBS Sports

Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk has passed away, at age 62. [NHL

Sheldon Kennedy speaks to GMs about sexual abuse in the locker room at their annual meeting. [ESPN

Officiating will be a topic in GM meeting. [Daily Faceoff

Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan comments on Evgeni Malkin and Russia. 

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Boston Bruins’ fourth line has ‘more to give’. 

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Arturri Lehkonen is finally on his way to meet the Colorado Avalanche in Calgary.

UPDATE: Artturi Lehkonen cleared! On way to Calgary!

Florida Panthers prospects to meet in the Frozen Four. 

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New York Islanders’ depth scoring is an issue. 

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Voided Dadonov deal spells trouble for the Vegas Golden Knights in the playoffs. 

Failed Dadonov Deal Likely Means Golden Knights Have to Make the Playoffs Without Stone or Pacioretty

Philadelphia Flyers sign prospect Noah Cates. 

Flyers sign Noah Cates after strong career at Minnesota-Duluth; Ronnie Attard next?

Washington Capitals extend Vecchione one year. 

Capitals Reward Vecchione With One-Year Extension

Justin Barron made his NHL debut for the Montreal Canadiens

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Detroit Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill may be on his way out. 

Duff: Time Is Up For Red Wings Coach Jeff Blashill

Vancouver Canucks’ Elias Pettersson reaches 200 NHL points. 

Canucks Wrap: Bad Results, Petey’s 200 Points, GM Pals

Calgary Flames’ Johnny Gaudreau is the second NHL star of the week. 

Red-hot Gaudreau NHL’s second star of the week

 

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