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SJHN Daily: Smith Denies He’s Visiting San Jose

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On Friday, a league source told San Jose Hockey Now about a rumor going around the Draft Combine in Buffalo.

“Rumor is Will Smith is flying to San Jose for a tour,” he texted about the San Jose Sharks’ possible No. 4 pick. “He sounds like the Sharks’ guy.”

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According to The Athletic, on the last day of the Combine on Saturday, Smith noted three times that he wasn’t aware of such a trip.

That said, Smith did have dinner with San Jose Sharks representatives at the Combine. The Sharks also took likely No. 3 pick Leo Carlsson out too.

So visit or not, it would still be no surprise if the Sharks selected the 6-foot-0 USNTDP center.

For what it’s worth, a visit to a team’s city before the Draft is generally considered a meaningful thing, so it would make sense for Smith to feign ignorance.

“It’s usually really serious,” the league source said. “Two, three players tops [visit].”

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