The boys (literally) are back in town.
On Friday, the San Jose Sharks will start their season, unofficially, in Las Vegas, part of a six-team Rookie Faceoff tournament.
Here are the San Jose Sharks prospects that I’m watching most closely during this four-day tournament, along with three non-Sharks prospects.
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Last year, William Eklund’s campaign was cut short by left shoulder surgery.
Apparently, at the time of his season-ending injury, Eklund had been nursing another shoulder problem, on the same shoulder, for what he called “a long time”. So surgery, in some ways, was a blessing in disguise.
“Two shoulders again, it’s a different world,” Eklund quipped yesterday.
What’s serious is that the 2021 seventh-overall pick is 100 percent and will be participating in full in this tournament, with an eye toward building his case to break camp with the Sharks.
While the 5-foot-11 Eklund says he hasn’t necessarily added more muscle to his frame compared to last year – he added seven pounds of muscle then – he feels quicker, more accustomed to his increased weight.
“I think I’m faster,” Eklund said. “I’m like 186, 187, there somewhere, I feel faster for that weight.”
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