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Eklund, Agent Believe He Should Be in NHL — Sharks Disagreed

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William Eklund and his camp were certain that he did enough to stay.

“I feel like I belong here,” Eklund said yesterday, on the eve of his final NHL game this season.

The San Jose Sharks, however, disagreed, re-assigning their 2021 first-round pick to Djurgårdens today. Eklund had notched four assists in nine NHL games — if he had played his 10th, the Sharks would’ve burned the first year off their star prospect’s entry-level contract. The contract will now “slide”, in its entirety, to next year.

Interestingly, the Sharks could’ve also sent Eklund to ply his craft in the AHL — the ELC wouldn’t have been burned immediately that way — and the winger could’ve come up later in the year with more seasoning.

Instead, the San Jose Sharks opted for a clean break this year.

“This was one of the toughest decisions we have had to make,” Doug Wilson said in a statement. “William’s tremendous skill and vision have been evident since his participation in our rookie tournament in September. In his nine NHL games as a teenager, he has shown that he is going to be a special player in this league but ultimately, we feel it is in the best interest of his long-term development to return to Sweden and continue to work on becoming the dominant player we know he can be.”

Short-term, however, Eklund’s camp believes that he belongs in the NHL — and at no cost to his long-term development.

“We believe William is among the top four to six wingers on the NHL club,” Eklund’s agent Todd Diamond told San Jose Hockey Now.

Diamond also indicated that Eklund was willing to go to the Barracuda, if necessary, to gain more seasoning — the AHL, after all, is a lot closer to the NHL than Djurgårdens. But that conversation never happened between the San Jose Sharks and Eklund.

“There are rules in the IIHF Transfer Agreement and the NHL CBA that govern these situations,” Diamond noted. “The Sharks made their choice and are within their rights and all William can do is to continue to improve everyday.”

So the COVID-battered Sharks continue on, short-handed, and now without their top prospect.

“It’s not our decision. It’s management’s call and that’s the decision that they made,” San Jose captain Logan Couture stressed today. “That’s what we live with. We go out and we play hockey.”

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Alaskanice

I would’ve liked William to stay here but I’ve said it countless times, DW has forgotten more hockey than I will ever know.
That cannot be disputed but some will call him an idiot or throw quotes around showing negativity.
Very rarely are prospects reassigned as punishment. They teams talk to the player at length. Expectations and ideas are given. How to improve. Eklund has never played more than 40 games. The NHL plays 82.
I hope he comes back bigger and motivated.

Go Sharks!!

Alex

Can he come back for the playoffs? Or this is it for this whole year and we’ll see him next year only?

Alaskanice

I believe if his season over there is over, he is allowed to come back and play. This is of course if we make the playoffs. Which I’m hoping for.

Go Sharks!!

[…] San Jose: The Sharks announced they are sending prize prospect William Eklund back to Sweden. He has four assists in nine games. The Sharks top prospect isn’t taking it well.  […]

[…] San Jose: The San Jose Sharks are going to send prized prospect William Eklund back to Sweden. He has four assists in nine games. The Sharks could have sent him to the AHL, too, but opted for a clean break until next season and the Sharks top prospect is not happy.  […]

dilligaff4444

he is clearly the hero we deserve but not the one we need right now. see you next year Gecklund ! the more interesting question is who will we play this month????? looking at team stats on nhl.com if we dont get our GF goal production up , our playoff aspiration will turn into hot air in the next 2-3 months… our lead is slowly loosing steam … hate to say it , but Kane may end up in position to be Not the hero we want or deserve (in a bad way) but the hero we need….an additional 20-30… Read more »

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Alaskanice

If you haven’t seen or read what Jonathan Dahlen said regarding Eklund, go find it and read it. It’s the best take that I’ve read regarding William.

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