June 24, 2024

Sharks trade Duclair to fill scoring void up front

After the NHL Draft, free agency and other offseason moves, NHL.com is examining where each team stands in preparation for the 2023-24 regular season, which begins in October. 10. Today, the San Jose Sharks:

2022-23 season: 22-44-16, seventh in Pacific Division; did not qualify for the Stanley Cup playoffs

Key arrival

Anthony DublairA: The 27-year-old was acquired in a trade with the Florida Panthers on July 1 for a forward Steven Lorentz and a fifth-round pick in the 2025 NHL Draft. Duclair can become an unrestricted free agent after this season and will look to inject life into an offense that struggled after the starter Timo Meier traded to the New Jersey Devils on February 26. He was limited to 20 games last season (nine points; two goals, seven assists) due to a torn Achilles but had 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in 20 playoff games to help Florida reach the Stanley Cup Final. … Mackenzie BlackwoodG: The 26-year-old was acquired from the Devils on June 27 and signed a two-year contract on July 1. Blackwood was 10-6-2 with a 3.20 goals-against average and .893 save percentage in 22 regular-season games (20 starts) last season and did not play in the postseason. … Philip ZadinaA: The 23-year-old signed a one-year contract July 10, seven days after being placed on waivers by the Detroit Red Wings. Zadina had seven points (three goals, four assists) in 30 games last season, missing about three months after being hit in the right leg by a Nov. 5 shot. He said he would love the chance to play with him. Thomas Hertl as its place and it should be found.

Video: Anthony Duclair joins San Jose Sharks via trade

Key events

James ReimerG: He signed a one-year contract with the Red Wings on July 1 after going 12-21-8 with a 3.48 GAA percentage, .890 save and three shutouts in 43 games (41 starts) last season. … Steven Lorentz, F: They had 19 points (10 goals, nine goals) in 80 games last season.

On the cusp

William EklundA: The 20-year-old forward said during development camp that he will be ready for training camp following March 30 surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder. Eklund was working on the ice and planned to start skating soon. Pick No. 3 had three points. 7 in the 2021 NHL Draft (two goals, one assist) in eight NHL games and 41 points (17 goals, 24 assists) in 54 games for San Jose of the American Hockey League last season, his first in North America. … Thomas BordeleauA: The 21-year-old has seven assists in 16 NHL games and finished his first full professional season in 2022-23 with 41 points (22 goals, 19 assists) in 65 AHL games. … William SmithA: The 18-year-old was selected with the No. 4 in the 2023 NHL Draft. Smith led all players and tied the United States record held Jack Hughes with 20 points (nine goals, 11 assists) in seven games to win a gold medal at the 2023 IIHF World Under-18 Championship. He is committed to Boston College this season. … Shakir Mukhamadullin,d: The 21-year-old was acquired in the Meier trade. Mukhamadullin had 25 points (six goals, 19 assists) in 67 games for Ufa in the Kontinental Hockey League and 10 points (one goal, nine assists) in 12 AHL games in 2022-23, his first regular season in North America.

Video: CBJ@SJS: Eklund scores his first career goal

What they still need

More offense and reliable targets. They traded Meier, a 31-goal scorer and Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson (101 points; 25 goals, 76 goals) could be sent to a Stanley Cup contender. Also, on Luke Kunin may not be ready for the start of the season after undergoing surgery for a torn ACL in December. Injuries have derailed Blackwood’s NHL career since he was an established starter with the Devils. Kaapo Kahkonen He was 1-7-2 with a 4.82 GAA and .871 save percentage in 10 games from March 1 through the end of last season after a 2.41 GAA and .929 save percentage in seven February games.

They said it

“It’s been a good summer for us as an organization. We’re very happy with all the additions we’ve made. We’ve been talking about (how) in a year how much better we feel about the organization and the direction we’re going, some of the changes we’ve made.” – Sharks coach David Quinn

Fantasy focus

Duclair has held back this season. He had an NHL career-best 58 points (31 goals, 27 assists) in 74 games for the Panthers in 2021-22 and has upside if he lines up with either. Logan Couture or Hertl. His ceiling increases and he will likely play a bigger role in San Jose’s top six starting group, as well as time on the power play. — Anna Dua

Video: WSH@SJS: Hertl buries PPG for 1-0 lead in 1st

Projected line

William Eklund — Thomas Hertl — Filip Zadina

Alexander BarabanovLogan Couture — Anthony Dublair

Jacob PetersonNico SturmFabian Zetterlund

Oscar Lindblom –Thomas Bordeleau– Kevin Labanc

Game Mario Ferraro — Erik Karlsson

Marc-Edouard VlasicMatt Benning

Jacob MacdonaldI work Simek

Mackenzie Blackwood

Kaapo Kahkonen

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