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SJHN Daily: Celebrini Hasn’t Decided If He’s Going Pro Yet

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Credit: Boston University/Cadey Spencer

The San Jose Sharks interviewed Macklin Celebrini on Monday.

The Sharks and Celebrini are both in Buffalo, in preparation for the 2024 Draft Combine. San Jose is expected to make Celebrini the first-overall pick of the 2024 Draft on Jun. 28 in Las Vegas.

According to NHL.com, the Sharks are one of Celebrini’s seven interviews at the Combine. The Boston University center says he hasn’t decided if he’s going to turn pro yet.

“I haven’t made up my mind yet,” Celebrini told NHL.com. “That’s a decision that I’m going to make a little bit later. I wish I could tell you I’ve made up my mind because that’d be a lot easier.”

That may well be the case, but it’s still San Jose Hockey Now’s expectation, speaking with a variety of sources in and around the Celebrini circle, that he will forgo his college eligibility to play for the San Jose Sharks next year.

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SJShorky

Man I hope your sources are right about Mack coming out. Much more fun watching the future stars than Labanc & Hoffman etc…

Zeke

A few articles back, Macklin’s coach was practically kicking him out of the program and saying he needed to go to the NHL. The Sharks might be better off, at least in a narrow sense, if both he and Smith stayed in college another season. This team is well below the projected cap floor and Smith and Celebrini will force Grier to pay up for the 3 or so roster spots he’ll need to fill. It’ll be even trickier of Logan comes back. It looks like this 7 D: Vlasic, Mukh, Benning, Mario, Thrun, Rutta, Burroughs 11 F: Gran/Zetter/Ek-lund, Logan,… Read more »

splash114

If Grier doesn’t want a repeat of the embarrassment that was last year Rutta and Burroughs have to go (waivers, trade, whatever). Vlasic has to be the 7/8 D. So Grier needs to bring in 3 Dmen. GSmith has to go (waive, Cuda). Graf needs seasoning with the Cuda. If Bords can’t make the Sharks out of camp, he needs to go. Kunin can’t play beyond the 4th line. I think he brought Eklund down when they played on the same line. They can’t put him with any of the kids. They need better support. And, sad to say and… Read more »

Zeke

Agree on Vlasic. Can’t do anything with that deal that makes sense other than let it expire. But don’t have to play him so 7th D-man is probably the right call. Have no idea on Logan’s health. Does feel career threatening from the vibe around it, but really, I have no understanding of that issue. With Eklund, is there any reason to break up the ‘-lund’ line. It works. I’m almost more curious if Zetterlund is the real deal or a bit of a fluke. Eklund’s future is playing with Smith or Celebrini, but he’ll be better served next season… Read more »

Rufus

that’s the way it is with cellar dwellers. But in Bedard’s case, Chicago traded anyone of any talent that would endanger the tank at the trade deadline, and brought up some youth prospects to play out the year. They traded Kane to NY. They traded Domi to Dallas. Toews got injured in January for a few months but returned to play the last 7 games of the year in April. He told them he didn’t want to be traded anywhere so that’s why he didn’t move. Before that season 2022-23, Chicago had traded Debrincat to Ottawa for #7 &#39 plus… Read more »

SJShorky

Rutta is fine. He just needs to play 3rd pair with a PMD. Maybe Muk to start.

Last edited 8 days ago by SJShorky
Falco5

I don’t think it will be that difficult. When I make a capfriendly roster I end up needing to fill 3 roster spots and spend 8.5 mil to get to the floor. Half that needs to be spent on a RD to make the team less embarrassing. A couple of 3mil forwards (also needed) would provide enough cushion to be safely above the floor.

SJShorky

Dude… it seems like you don’t even account for the possibility that Grier performs surgery on this roster. I’m betting he takes cap dumps for compensation. That’ll get them to the floor and then some.

Zeke

He might. I certainly didn’t rule it out. I’ve been a big advocate for getting the most out of cap space and contract dumps is one of those ways. I’m not sure he’ll go that way again, though. I get the sense he doesn’t want another Hoffman on the roster taking the spot where he might have Gushchin or Graf developing. Even if there’s an extra 3rd rd pick he gets out of it. As I said, he doesn’t need to perform magic to get to the floor. I think I mentioned two Flyers in some earlier post — Ryan… Read more »

SJShorky

I don’t see these cap dumps being like Hoffman, they’ll have to be guys who can actually contribute but their salaries are just too rich for their current team. Someone making 4-6 mil that contributes more at a rate closer to 2 mil less. I think you’re over estimating how many guys “need” NHL time. Graf “needs” at least a season in the AHL and Gushin is still too petite. Both need to put on way more muscle. Graf even admitted as much. Filling the team with rookies is not how you protect Smith and Celebrini. They need to add… Read more »

Joseph

Lineup projection of an improved team without big, long term spend: Eklund – Granlund – Zetterlund Joshua – Celebrini – Stephenson Bordeleau – Couture – W. Smith Kostin – Sturm – Kunin Gushchin Ferraro – Benning DeMelo – Mukhamadullin Martinez – Emberson Vlasic Up front, you go look for forwards who can contribute to your top six but have never had a major payday. Dakota Joshua is someone who has been mentioned a lot. If the Sharks offered him $5M for two or even three years, I have to imagine he jumps on that. Chandler Stephenson is another. Two Stanley… Read more »

SJShorky

Is Martinez healthy and still effective? That’s a good idea I haven’t heard elsewhere. I’m down with the walker idea and the young guy JD (LOS) talked about who had to step away for mental issues. Can’t remember the name.

Joseph

Sheng and Keegan have covered this pretty well in the last couple of podcasts. The Sharks aren’t a particularly attractive free agency destination, which means they’ll have to overpay for second and third tier players. Those are the types of players looking for 2-3 year deals, not 5-7 year deals. Overpaying a couple top-six forwards or top four defensemen – two positions the Sharks need to fill regardless – is something the Sharks can absolutely afford to do for 2-3 years. It will have no adverse impact on their future whatsoever. Beyond that, I think you’re making a lot of… Read more »

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