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Will Smith

Meet Will Smith, a rising star in the world of college hockey and a formidable force on the ice for Boston College in the NCAA. As a forward hailing from Lexington, Massachusetts, Will Smith stands tall at 6 feet and weighs 181 pounds. At just 19 years old, he has already made a significant impact with his outstanding performance, catching the eye of NHL scouts and securing a spot with the Sharks as the fourth overall pick in the 2023 NHL Draft.

In the current season, Will Smith has been nothing short of exceptional, demonstrating his offensive prowess with an impressive stat line that speaks volumes about his skill and dedication. Over the course of 37 games, he has netted an impressive 23 goals and contributed an additional 44 assists, totaling an outstanding 67 points. His ability to find the back of the net with precision and set up his teammates for scoring opportunities showcases his versatility and hockey IQ. With each game, Will Smith continues to solidify his status as a top-tier talent in college hockey, leaving a lasting impression on fans, teammates, and opponents alike.

Playoff schedule:

  • Fri. March 29: W, 6-1 vs. Michigan Tech
  • Sun. March 31: W, 5-4 (OT) vs. Quinnipiac
  • Thu. April 11: W, 4-0 Frozen Four vs. Michigan
  • Sat. April 13: L, 2-0 NCAA Championship Game, Boston College vs. University of Denver
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Quentin Musty

Meet Quentin Musty, a young rising star in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) and an offensive force on the ice for the Sudbury Wolves. Born in Hamburg, New York, this 18-year-old forward stands tall at 6 feet 2 inches and weighs in at 197 pounds, embodying both physicality and finesse on the rink. Acquired by the Sharks as the 26th overall pick in the 2023 NHL Draft, Musty has quickly garnered attention for his exceptional talent and potential.

Musty has been a standout performer throughout the current OHL season, demonstrating his offensive prowess with an impressive stat line. In 53 games played, he has notched an incredible 43 goals and added 59 assists, totaling a staggering 102 points. His ability to light up the scoreboard and create scoring opportunities for his teammates has been instrumental in the Sudbury Wolves' success. As the playoffs commence on March 28, all eyes will be on Musty as he looks to lead his team to glory and further solidify his status as one of the most promising talents in junior hockey.

Playoff Schedule:

Round 2:

  • Thu. Apr 11: L, 5-2 @ North Bay Battalion
  • Sat. Apr 13: L, 5-1 @ North Bay Battalion
  • Tue. Apr 16: L, 6-5 (OT) vs. North Bay Battalion
  • Thu. Apr 18: L, 5-0 vs. North Bay Battalion

*If necessary

Round 1:

  • Thur. March 28: W, 3-0 @ Mississauga Steelheads
  • Sat. March 30: W, 6-5 (OT) @ Mississauga Steelheads
  • Mon. April 1: L, 4-2 vs Mississauga Steelheads
  • Wed. April 3: W, 5-3 vs Mississauga Steelheads
  • Fri. April 5: W, 6-2 @ Mississauga Steelheads
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Kasper Halttunen

Introducing Kasper Halttunen, a rising star in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) and a pivotal forward for the London Knights. Hailing from Helsinki, Finland, this 18-year-old athlete stands tall at 6 feet 3 inches and weighs a formidable 207 pounds, bringing a combination of size and skill to the ice. Selected by the Sharks as the 36th overall pick in the 2023 NHL Draft, Halttunen has quickly made his mark with his exceptional talent and versatility.

Throughout the OHL season, Halttunen has proven himself as a valuable asset for the London Knights, contributing significantly to their offensive firepower. In 57 games played, he has notched an impressive 32 goals and dished out 29 assists, accumulating a total of 61 points. His ability to find the back of the net with precision and create scoring opportunities for his teammates has been instrumental in the Knights' success. As the playoffs kick off on March 29 against the Flint Firebirds, Halttunen will undoubtedly be a key player to watch as he looks to help lead his team to postseason glory.

Playoff Schedule:

Conference final schedule:

TBD

Round 2:

  • Thu. Apr 11: W, 5-3 vs. Kitchener Rangers
  • Sat. Apr 13: W, 5-1 vs. Kitchener Rangers
  • Tue. Apr 16: W, 6-4 @ Kitchener Rangers
  • Thu. Apr 18: W, 4-3 @ Kitchener Rangers

Round 1:

  • Fri. Mar 29: W, 3-0 vs. Flint Firebirds
  • Sun. Mar 31: W, 6-4 vs. Flint Firebirds
  • Tue. Apr 2: W, 4-3 (OT) @ Flint Firebirds
  • Thu. Apr 4: W, 3-2 @ Flint Firebirds
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Luca Cagnoni

Luca Cagnoni, a standout defenseman for the Portland Winterhawks in the Western Hockey League (WHL). Hailing from Burnaby, BC this 19-year-old talent stands at 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs in at 183 pounds, showcasing his tenacity and skill on the ice. Despite being selected by the Sharks as the 123rd overall pick in the 2023 NHL Draft, Cagnoni has proven himself as a force to be reckoned with in the WHL.

Throughout the rigorous WHL season, Cagnoni has been a cornerstone of the Portland Winterhawks' defensive unit while also making significant contributions on the offensive end. In 65 games played, he has recorded an impressive 18 goals and an outstanding 72 assists, totaling an impressive 90 points. His ability to quarterback plays from the blue line and set up scoring opportunities for his teammates has been instrumental in the Winterhawks' success. As the playoffs commence on March 29 against the Victoria Royals, Cagnoni will undoubtedly be a pivotal player to watch as he looks to lead his team to postseason glory and further establish himself as a rising star in the world of hockey.

Playoff Schedule:

Round 2:

  • Fri. Apr 12: W, 8-2 vs. Everett Silvertips
  • Sat. Apr 13: W, 6-1 vs. Everett Silvertips
  • Mon. Apr 15: W, 4-3 (OT) @ Everett Silvertips
  • Fri. Apr 19: Portland Winterhawks @ Everett Silvertips 7 p.m. (PST)
  • Sat. Apr 20: Portland Winterhawks @ Everett Silvertips 6 p.m. (PST)*
  • Mon. Apr 22: Portland Winterhawks vs. Everett Silvertips 7 p.m. (PST)*
  • Tue. Apr 23: Portland Winterhawks vs. Everett Silvertips 7 p.m. (PST)*

*If necessary

Round 1:

  • Fri. Mar 29: W, 4-3 vs. Victoria Royals
  • Sun. Mar 31: W, 5-1 vs. Victoria Royals
  • Tue. Apr 2: W, 6-5 @ Victoria Royals
  • Wed. Apr 3: W, 4-1 @ Victoria Royals
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Jake Furlong

Introducing Jake Furlong, defenseman for the Halifax Mooseheads in the Quebec Maritimes Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). Hailing from Labrador City, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, this 20-year-old defenseman stands tall at 6 feet 1 inch and weighs in at 190 pounds, bringing a blend of physicality and skill to the ice. Despite being selected by the Sharks as the 140th overall pick in the 2022 NHL Draft, Furlong has showcased his value as a reliable presence for the Mooseheads.

Throughout the QMJHL season, Furlong has been a steady force for the Halifax Mooseheads, contributing both defensively and offensively. In 56 games played, he has notched 3 goals and provided 27 assists, totaling 30 points. His defensive prowess, coupled with his ability to move the puck effectively, has aided his team's success.

As playoffs commence, Furlong won't be on the ice for the Mooseheads due to injury that's ruled him out.

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David Edstrom

Meet David Edstrom, a promising forward for Frölunda HC in the Swedish Hockey League (SHL). Hailing from Gothenburg, Sweden, this 19-year-old athlete stands tall at 6 feet 3 inches and weighs in at 190 pounds, embodying the physicality and finesse characteristic of top-tier hockey players. Edstrom is tied for first among U-19 SHL skaters in assists (12), second in points (19), and third in goals (7).

Edstrom joined the Sharks via trade from the Vegas Golden Knights in March 2024. As the playoffs commence on March 28 against Leksands Idrottsförening, Edstrom finds himself in a position to make a significant impact on his team's postseason aspirations. With his combination of size, skill, and determination, Edstrom is poised to elevate his game when it matters most, showcasing his ability to thrive under pressure and solidifying his place as a key player for Frölunda HC in their quest for championship glory in the SHL.

Playoff Schedule:

Semifinals:

  • Sat. Apr 6: L, 5-2 @ Skellefteå AIK
  • Mon. Apr 8: L, 3-2 (OT) @ Skellefteå AIK
  • Wed. Apr 10: W, 2-0 vs. Skellefteå AIK
  • Fri. Apr 12: L, 7-6 vs. Skellefteå AIK
  • Sun. Apr 14: W, 4-3 @ Skellefteå AIK
  • Tue. Apr 16: W, 3-1 vs. Skellefteå AIK
  • Thu. Apr 18: L, 4-1 @ Skellefteå AIK

* If necessary

Round 1:

  • Fri. March 22: L, 2-1 (OT) vs. Leksands Idrottsförening
  • Sun. March 24: W, 4-2 vs. Leksands Idrottsförening
  • Tue. March 26: W, 2-1 @ Leksands Idrottsförening
  • Thu. March 28: L, 2-0 vs. Leksands Idrottsförening
  • Sat. March 30: W, 5-2 vs. Leksands Idrottsförening
  • Mon. April 1: L, 5-2 @ Leksands Idrottsförening
  • Wed. April 3: W, 3-2 (OT) vs. Leksands Idrottsförening

Prospect Notes:

  • Filip Bystedt and Mattias Hävelid both play for Linköping HC in the Swedish Hockey League and were eliminated from postseason contention. Havelid recorded 2 goals and 10 assists for a total of 12 points in 43 games this season. Bystedt posted 8 goals and 9 assists for a total of 17 points in 47 games this season.
  • Sharks prospects Brandon Svoboda (Fargo Force) and David Klee (Muskegon Lumberjacks) have clinched a spot in the USHL playoffs.
  • The AHL season ongoing and Sharks prospect, Ozzy Wiesblatt (Milwaukee Admirals) is in a playoff position.