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Will Smith’s Agent on Relationship With Sharks: “Zero Issues”

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Will Smith is happy with his relationship with the San Jose Sharks.

That’s straight from Smith’s agent.

“Zero issues,” Sean Coffey texted San Jose Hockey Now. “Communication has been great from Mike [Grier] and company, as well as with SJ development staff.”

The San Jose Sharks selected Smith with the fourth-overall pick of the 2023 Draft. The Boston College center is currently third among all NCAA freshmen with 41 points in just 27 games.

The relationship between NHL teams and their NCAA draft picks has come into focus recently, with BC star Cutter Gauthier telling the Philadelphia Flyers that he didn’t want to play for them. NCAA draft picks, at the end of their college careers, can opt to become free agents instead of signing with their big league clubs.

So the Flyers instead dealt their 2022 fifth-overall pick to the Anaheim Ducks for Jamie Drysdale and a 2025 second-round pick.

That would be a nightmare, albeit unlikely, scenario for the San Jose Sharks. In most cases, NCAA draft picks sign with the NHL teams that select them.

The probably more pertinent question is whether Smith will turn pro or not after this season. Coffey was coy on that score.

“Right now, Will is focused on staying in the moment and being at his best to help Boston College achieve their goals for this season,” he said. “I’m sure there will be more specific dialogue at the end of the college season to discuss those plans.”

The NCAA season is capped off with a championship tournament, mid-April’s Frozen Four. BC is one of the favorites.

“That’s a conversation I’ll have with Will and his agent, Joe [Will] and Tom [Holy] and Todd [Marchant] will sit down in a room and try and figure out what’s best for him in where he’s at in his development,” Grier said of Smith two weeks ago. “I know he’s got plans to try and win it all…But after that, we’ll talk and see how he’s feeling about his game and how he feels about himself physically and all that.”

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Joseph

Man, why would you even ask this question?

Clark

Don’t forget how the Sharks got Thrun.

matthias893

It only took me about a second to read the headline, but my heart still skipped a beat before I got to the last two words! I have a feeling that the Gauthier situation is not indicative of a trend. He’s kept tight lipped about it all so we really don’t know what kicked it off, but my guess is on it being something very personal and specific to him. It could be a money/hockey related issue, but player agents would usually use that kind of thing in negotiations instead of pulling out entirely. Something likely happened during his interactions… Read more »

Bring Back Celebrini!

or it could be the whole Carter Hart situation and how PHI handled it.
“bro, regardless of the circumstances, I don’t want to be anywhere near that, get me outta here”

On top of the Carson Briere stuff, it’s a lot going on off the ice in PHI.

But yes, that headline is a bit clickbait-ish…hahahahah

Rocket Richard

Keep up the good work Sheng. I appreciate you sharing your in depth knowledge of everything Sharks.

Alaskan_ice

Sheng, I’m impressed that you’d take the time to explain yourself here. Too many times, it’s attack, attack and attack. This is nice to see and keep it going. I like what you do and say.

matthias893

Agreed, not clickbait, and having the “zero issues” in the title was perfect.

Its an interesting topic though, what does or doesn’t count as clickbait. Personally the “You Won’t Believe What X and Y said about Z!” kind of titles you see all over the internet really drive me crazy so I appreciate unambiguous/informative ones like this.

Last edited 13 days ago by matthias893
Bring Back Celebrini!

Sheng – Thanks for the response to my last comment. By no means did I mean to bring in to question your integrity or ability to write. YOU are the source for all things Sharks, and I greatly appreciate it (and subscribe! yay!) That being said, I find the article title a bit open for interpretation, “Will Smith’s Agent on Relationship With Sharks: “Zero Issues” – To me, it made me wonder, “oh, was there something someone said that implied there were issues? Are there rumors? I wanna check it out!” And yes, I’m 100% guilty of not knowing what… Read more »

Nimrod

Selfishly I hope he wants to stay at college for 1 more year for the tank. Honestly I don’t even worry about the start of next season, but we need to offload some pieces to bring him in this year. I do think given his performance in college this year, with the steady improvements over the season, he’s probably ready now. My only real concern is size. Sometimes being 185 in the NHL is dangerous and sometimes it’s fine though. I’ll just try to perspective with whatever is decided.

Zeke

Sheng, can you further explain the sentence a bit more: “NCAA draft picks, at the end of their college careers, can opt to become free agents”

Specifically, how is the end of their college careers defined? And do such players enter the NHL as UFAs, RFAs or something else?

I guess the question which follows is about which model gets the player the most money overall.

David Gotlieb

4 years after draft in NCAA make you a free agent. For example vesey

Zeke

More questions.

When they sign, are they covered by RFA, UFA or some other set of rules. Does the spurned team get any compensation?

Seems to me that staying in college for several years means not getting paid, it also might mean effectively skipping right to UFA status and much greater control over their career choices.

I know Donskoi, for example, was drafted and eventually the Panthers (iirc) gave up their rights to him. Not sure what his status was then (RFA rules?). Obviously, he was not the talent Will Smith is.

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