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Sharks general manager doesn’t shy away from who first pick will be after winning NHL Draft Lottery

The San Jose Sharks will have the No. 1 overall pick in the summer, but it’s not really a secret who they pick.

The Sharks had the best odds to win the No. 1 pick after a 19-54-9 season. In fact, the lottery was chalked from 1 to 16.

San Jose currently owns the rights to top prospect Macklin Celebrini.

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NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daley announced the San Jose Sharks’ No. 1 overall draft pick at the NHL Draft Lottery on May 7, 2024 in Secaucus, New Jersey. (Mike Stove/NHLI via Getty Images)

The 17-year-old is currently attending Boston University, but that doesn’t seem to be the case for much longer. His Terriers competed in the Frozen Four, but lost in the national semifinals to eventual champion University of Denver.

Celebrini has already experienced a collegiate season and competed in the world juniors before turning 18. He is eligible for two more appearances in the latter tournament.

And simply put, he’s a stud. In his 38 games with BU, he scored his 32 goals, and in addition he recorded an assist in 32 games. And in his five games he played, he recorded four goals and four assists, while his team Canada finished in his fifth place at the World Junior High.

General manager Mike Grier made no secret of it: “We’re excited about potentially selecting a player like Macklin.” “It looks like we’re going to get almost a great award after this year.”

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NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daley (left), Commissioner Gary Bettman, and projected No. 1 pick Macklin Celebrini participate in the NHL Draft Lottery on May 7, 2024 in Secaucus, New Jersey. . (Mike Stove/NHLI via Getty Images)

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“He played 200 feet. He’s 17 years old, but he already has a really solid physique. And I think he already has a professional attitude and mentality,” he said. Ta. “I talked to BU coach Jay Pandolfo and he said you have to kick him off the ice sometimes. I think that’s the way he plays the game. He’s great in the defensive zone and on the field. I work as hard as I do in the field.” I think he’s in a good spot when you put it all together. [to be NHL-ready]. ”

Chicago and Anaheim acquired the No. 1 pick (Connor Bedard) and No. 2 pick, respectively, last year and own the No. 2 and No. 3 picks.

He will be selected No. 6 by the organization formerly known as the Arizona Coyotes and now playing in Salt Lake City.

There was speculation that ESPN’s John Buccigross posted the draft lottery results on X (formerly Twitter) and then deleted a studio shot of the pick. However, Buccigross clarified that this was a rehearsal.

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The San Jose Sharks won the 2024 NHL Draft lottery on Tuesday, and general manager Mike Grier didn’t hesitate about who the team would select with the No. 1 pick. (David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images/File)

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The post gave Utah the No. 2 pick, sparking a conspiracy theory that ESPN officials stole a better pick from Utah.

The Sharks will turn in their cards on June 28th.

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