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SJHN Daily: Sharks Have Smith, Reinbacher Ahead of Michkov?



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Leo Carlsson might have just played himself out of the San Jose Sharks’ reach.

After a strong World Championships showing for Team Sweden, Carlsson may have secured his spot in the top-three of the 2023 Draft, along with presumptive first-overall pick Connor Bedard and Adam Fantilli.

The San Jose Sharks have the No. 4 pick.

“I could see [Will] Smith, David Reinbacher or Matvei Michkov as the pick here, in that order of likelihood,” Corey Pronman of The Athletic wrote in his most recent mock draft. He also picked a goaltender for the Sharks at No. 26.

Could Sharks Surprise With No. 4 Pick? Scouts Talk Sleeper Prospects (+)

For fans of ultra-skilled Russian winger Michkov, this will be a disappointment.

There’s of course a lot swirling around Michkov, from questions about when he’ll leave Russia for the NHL to character concerns.

Scouts Talk Michkov, Carlsson, Smith’s Strengths, Weaknesses

Meanwhile, Smith is also highly-skilled and Reinbacher is the consensus top defensive prospect in this Draft.

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