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Eklund’s First Impression of Will Smith, Shoulder Recovery, Chipotle



William Eklund is now a seasoned vet.

Well, of development camp, that is. Still recovering from season-ending dislocated shoulder surgery in March, the 20-year-old is here, attending his third-straight dev camp, though he isn’t taking part in any on-ice activities.

Eklund says he’ll be ready for the start of the San Jose Sharks’ season in September.

The seventh-overall pick of the 2021 Draft, projected to take on a large role with the NHL club this coming year, Eklund spoke about his first impressions of the Sharks’ most recent lottery pick Will Smith, his recovery, taking on a greater leadership role, and some of his favorite local restaurants.

William Eklund, on his first impressions of Will Smith:

I haven’t seen him that much yet. But been able to talk to him a little bit, humble kid, he comes to work everyday. It’s fun to see, we added even more talent to the prospects.

Eklund, on if he’s going to be ready for the new San Jose Sharks season:

Everything is going according to plan.

Getting better and better everyday. I’ll be ready [for the first day of camp].

Eklund, on his goal in training camp this fall:

I want to make the team right away. That’s gonna be my goal.

Eklund, on embracing a leadership role at San Jose Sharks’ development camp:

Been trying to go out a little bit, dinners and stuff. Showed them around a little bit in Campbell, where I live. It’s been a good thing for me to show [them] a little bit around here.

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