The San Jose Sharks made their first move during Trade Deadline day, sending defenseman Fredrik Claesson to Tampa Bay for goaltending prospect Magnus Chrona.
Chrona is a 6-foot-6 netminder, currently between the pipes at the University of Denver. A fifth-round draft pick in 2018, Chrona is coming off a 7-11-0 campaign with a .907 Save %. In 2019-20, the Swedish keeper was named to the NCHC All-Rookie Team and was a NCHC Goalie of the Year finalist.
San Jose Hockey Now hears the 20-year-old is returning to school – so he won’t solve the San Jose Sharks’ current taxi squad goalie problem. Regardless, it’s a good bit of business by Doug Wilson to get a legitimate goaltending prospect for a No. 7 defenseman, a UFA signed at the beginning of training camp.
Claesson hasn’t played in the NHL since Feb. 22.
As for Chrona, according to Corey Pronman, “he has a chance to play in the NHL, despite his numbers.” For the best of Chrona, watch his Mar. 15 battle against fellow Sharks prospect Jasper Weatherby’s top-seeded North Dakota in the NCHC Frozen Faceoff semifinals. Chrona stopped 30 of 32 shots in a 2-1 OT loss.
Chrona sounds like a project, but a worthwhile project.
Speaking of Weatherby, has Chrona overtaken him for best name in the San Jose Sharks organization?
You can't convince me that the Sharks didn't just trade for an anime series https://t.co/FzHfKsD2Fh
— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) April 12, 2021
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