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Sharks Acquire Goaltending Prospect Magnus Chrona

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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?

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