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Buzz over Sharks’ No. 11 pick from Las Vegas – NBC Sports Bay Area & California

Buzz over Sharks’ No. 11 pick from Las Vegas – NBC Sports Bay Area & California

Sheng Peng will be a regular contributor to NBC Sports California’s Sharks coverage. You can read more of his coverage at San Jose Hockey Nowlisten to him on San Jose Hockey Now PodcastAnd follow him on Twitter at @xing_ping.

LAS VEGAS — Do the Sharks have a huge upset in the 2024 NHL Draft on Friday night?

Joe Thornton is in Las Vegas to help celebrate the Sharks getting the first pick in the draft.

San Jose Hockey Now had dinner Thursday night with the family of a 2024 draft-eligible player who was on the same plane to Las Vegas as Thornton.

Will the 1997 No. 1 overall pick announce the 2024 No. 1 overall pick? Stay tuned. …

We know the Sharks will select Celebrini No. 1, and yes, according to SJHN sources, there is a strong belief he will turn pro in the 2024-25 season. But who will the Sharks select with the 11th pick, the picks acquired Thursday for the 14th and 42nd spots?

Two league sources believe the Sharks have moved to target a high-profile defender, although one admitted, “[Cole] “Eiserman might be real.”

There’s some buzz about sharks jumping the line for the polarized shooter, Who was Celebrini’s teammate? In Shattuck St. Mary’s, Minnesota. …

Speaking of polarization, SJHN learned a fascinating tidbit about Sharks No. 1 defenseman Mario Ferraro, who is viewed around the league as either a second-string defenseman stuck in a terrible situation in San Jose or just a bottom-of-the-line defenseman on a legitimate playoff team.

Ferraro was available during the 2023 NHL trade deadline, and the Sharks wanted a first-round pick and a prospect in return… and they almost got him.

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Elliot Friedman I have already reported The Carolina Hurricanes have made a strong offer to Ferraro for 2022-23. A league source confirmed the offer was for a second-round pick and Jack Droy, left midfielder.

After a historically bad season for the Sharks, the source said: “If they trade [Ferraro]It would be a lot less than what was on the table two years ago at the trade deadline. …

Speaking of power, the Sharks traded defenseman Kyle Burrows to the Los Angeles Kings for winger Karl Grundstrom.

“Grundstrom is very honest,” an NHL scout told SJHN. “North-south winger, good shot, but he doesn’t score a lot of goals or make a lot of passes. He can get quick from time to time and score some goals. He has physicality when pressing the opposition.

“He’s a starting winger, a third-liner at his best. He’s all about the track. Skate, hit, change up.”

Over the past three seasons, Grundstrom has scored 15 goals in 82 games, so he should be a secondary player up front for the Sharks. He also fits the profile of a “difficult to play against” player that Sharks general manager Mike Grier has focused on so far in the summer transfer window, such as Barclay Goodreau and Ty DeLandrea.

Finally, why did Greer fire David Quinn?

That abrupt dismissal in April is still a topic of discussion this week. There may be water under the bridge with Ryan Warsowski’s announcement as head coach last week, but SJHN has learned from multiple sources that there has been little communication between Greer and Quinn over the past two seasons — primarily the duration of the GM-head coaching partnership.

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The reason behind this is unclear — it could just be Greer’s management style — but it certainly paints a different picture of what was thought to be a deep-rooted relationship at Boston University.

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