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Sharks open to trading 4th pick

With the NHL draft fast approaching, rumors are flying in all directions. This time, it’s not a rumor. San Jose Sharks general manager Mike Grier has confirmed that the team is open to trading the fourth pick in the upcoming draft.

This is what The Athletic reported a week ago.

“I wouldn’t rule out any possibility. I think it’s going to take a very significant offer for us to trade the fourth pick, but you never know what’s going to happen when you get close to the draft.” – Mike Grier

Obviously, it’s going to be extremely expensive for the other teams, because this draft is like no other. It’s packed with talent, with players like Connor Bedard, Adam Fantilli, Leo Carlsson, Matvei Michkov and Will Smith. Almost all of these players could have been the first overall pick in a weaker draft.

It wouldn’t be the first time this has happened. In fact, the Sharks did the same thing last year, trading the 11th pick for the 27th, 34th and 45th picks. It worked out well for them, as they picked Filip Bystedt, Cam Lund and Mattias Havelid respectively with those selections. These three players have become excellent prospects on the Sharks’ roster.

The Sharks already have the 26th and 36th picks in the upcoming draft and could use them to go out and get reinforcements. If the team wants to find a way to replace Timo Meier, this is it.

Combining the 4th, 26th and 36th picks in such a good draft could pay big dividends, like an excellent forward or a franchise goalie who could get them back on their feet.

The Sharks could also be tempted to trade with the CH. If Montreal really wants to get their hands on the 4th pick instead of the 5th, a deal involving the Panthers’ 31st or 32nd could interest San Jose.

Nothing is official yet, but I’m willing to bet that Grier has already received numerous offers for the fourth pick. After all, a player selected at this level could change the face of a franchise.


– We can’t wait to see who wins their first Cup.

– We’ll be treated to an excellent goalkeeping duel in the final.

– Nashville will soon introduce its new coach.

– Two good Quebecers in there.

– Solid work.

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