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The San Jose Sharks have drafted William Eklund!

Doug Wilson, Doug Wilson Jr., and Tim Burke tell us why they’re “over the moon” about their No. 7 pick:

Sharks “Over the Moon” Eklund Dropped

William Eklund spoke to us about falling in the Draft, his admiration of Mat Barzal, and getting Erik Karlsson on his Dad’s YouTube show:

Eklund “Doesn’t Care” About Falling in Draft: “I’m so happy.”

What did Elite Prospects think about the Eklund selection? They loved it!

BREAKING: Sharks Draft William Eklund

Okay, so my guy missed by saying that Eklund wouldn’t get to the San Jose Sharks.

Regardless, he shared plenty of interesting tidbits about the top-10:

What I’m Hearing About Sharks Before 2021 NHL Draft | SJHN+

The Locked On Sharks guys did it! They manifested Eklund to San Jose:

Final 2021 NHL Draft Preview: What Are Sharks Going to Do?

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ICYMI: Here’s the full 2021-22 San Jose Sharks schedule.

2021-22 Sharks Schedule Revealed

Rudolfs Balcers and Joachim Blichfeld have re-signed with the San Jose Sharks.

Sharks Re-Sign Balcers, Blichfeld

What’s it mean to lose Alexander True?

Kraken Reaction: What’s It Mean to Lose Alex True?

In other San Jose Sharks news…

I stand by this tweet. But again, I emphasize the word DEPTH, and also that trades don’t complete on my time. So hang on.

The San Jose Sharks and Lean Bergmann have agreed to a mutual termination of Bergmann’s contract. It’s not a buyout — Bergmann’s contract will simply leave the books:

Around the NHL…

I’m not entirely sure what the NHL can do here, but maybe they can pull the 2022 NHL Draft from Montreal to start.

Montreal took Logan Mailloux in the first round of the NHL draft — that tells you everything you need to know about the culture of toxic masculinity in hockey. (Hockey Unfiltered with Ken Campbell)

Mailloux will speak to the press this morning. Unless Montreal received the victim’s blessing — as Katie Strang alludes to here — this is very wrong. Just a reminder: Not getting drafted is not the end of Mailloux’s hockey career. I believe in second chances, but let him earn it over time. And by time, I don’t mean 30 fucking picks

Owen Power goes No. 1. (NHL)

Inside the Michigan program that dominated the top-10 of the Draft. (Sportsnet)

Why Canucks’ acquisition of Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Conor Garland is a franchise-defining risk. (The Athletic)

Blackhawks gamble future on defenseman Seth Jones with blockbuster trade. (Chicago Sun-Times)

Columbus has acquired Jake Bean from Carolina. (1st Ohio Battery)

Florida Panthers reportedly getting Sam Reinhart from Sabres

Florida Hockey Now: Want to catch some sun and a cheap hockey game this winter? Here’s the Florida Panthers schedule. 

Bruins Make It Official, Sign Taylor Hall For Four Years, $24 Million

Boston Hockey Now: Bruins GM Don Sweeney has been big game hunting on the NHL trade market for over a year. Why has he been so hesitant?

Gilbert: Flyers pay steep price to plug a hole with Rasmus Ristolainen

Philly Hockey Now: SILLY PRICES. The Flyers traded Shayne Gostisbehere to Arizona and gave them a 2022 second-rounder and seventh to take him. Flyers GM Chuck Fletcher spilled some of the ridiculous prices teams wanted to take on salary, including his blue-chip prospect. 

New York Islanders: Lamoriello’s OffSeason Plan Starts To Take Shape

NYI Hockey Now: The New York Islanders are interested in the bought-out American duo Zach Parise and Ryan Suter. GM Lou Lamoriello has an interest in BOTH.

Updates: What Penguins Want on Trade Market; Sources, Rumors & Draft Insanity

Pittsburgh Hockey Now: The Pittsburgh Penguins lost two good NHL players to the expansion draft chaos. Penguins GM Ron Hextall explained the Jared McCann-for-Filip Hallander trade and why he was OK losing two players. 

Could Holtby Be Good Fit For Capitals After Reported Link?

Washington Hockey Now: All 32 NHL schedules dropped on Thursday night. Sammi Silber broke down the Washington Capitals schedule, which may or may not include a few more slobberknockers with the Pittsburgh Penguins. 

Red Wings Trade Up To Get Goaltender Cossa 15th Overall In NHL Draft

Detroit Hockey Now: The Detroit Red Wings artful trader Steve Yzerman executed theft on the NHL trade seas on Thursday. He plucked his goalie of the future, Alex Nedeljkovic, from the Carolina Hurricanes for merely a third-rounder. 

‘I’m dangerous in the offensive zone’: Avs select RW Oskar Olausson with the 28th overall selection

Colorado Hockey Now: Matt Calvert was a big part of the intense Penguins-Columbus Blue Jackets rivalry before going to the Colorado Avalanche. On Thursday, Calvert called it a career. 

The Pick: Golden Knights Select Zach Dean 30th in 2021 NHL Draft

Vegas Hockey Now: Pending UFA and top-pair defenseman Alec Martinez is mulling over an offer from the Vegas Golden Knights.

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