Sharks Sign Top Pick to Entry-Level Contract

A week after drafting him first overall in the 2024 NHL Draft, the San Jose Sharks have signed Macklin Celebrini.

The team announced a three-year, entry-level contract for Celebrini starting in the 2024-25 NHL season. This means he will leave Boston University and join the Sharks next season since NCAA rules prevent players from participating after signing professional contracts.

Celebrini had an amazing single season at Boston University, following his time with the Chicago Steel in the USHL. In 38 games, he scored 32 goals and accumulated 64 points, ranking third in league-scoring during his freshman year .

Celebrini’s Impressive College Achievements:

At Boston University, Celebrini earned several accolades: Hockey East Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Scoring Champion, Three Stars Award, and even won the Hobey Baker Award. He became the youngest player ever to win this prestigious award and only the fourth freshman to do so after Paul Kariya (1993), Jack Eichel (2015), and Adam Fantilli (2023).

Fans might think this is a great move for both Celebrini and the Sharks.

His dominant college performance made him a unanimous top prospect in the 2024 NHL Draft. Now part of San Jose’s rebuilding efforts, Celebrini aims to help elevate the team’s status. While they may not be playoff contenders yet for 2024-25, having talents like Celebrini and Will Smith—another high draft pick—could make them exciting to watch.

What do you think about this new addition?

Alex Thompson
Alex Thompson
Alex Thompson is a Senior Writer for HockeyMonitor. With a background in Sports Media, Alex joined the team in 2022. He focuses on providing the latest hockey news, game scores, and fresh NHL trade rumors.

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