Macklin Celebrini is coming to the NHL!
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Macklin Celebrini is coming to the NHL!

It is official, the first overall pick in the NHL draft has signed with the San Jose Sharks.

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The hottest young up and coming hockey star is officially coming to the National Hockey League.

Although there were some questions about whether or not 2024 first overall pick Macklin Celebrini would leave Boston University to turn pro and join the San Jose Sharks, those questions have now been answered.

In a major announcement, the Sharks have confirmed that they have signed Celebrini to a standard entry level contract, one that will see him turning pro and joining the ranks of the NHL.

Celebrini is coming off of a very strong season at Boston University, his first season of collegiate level hockey, one in which he scored 32 goals and 32 assists for a total of 64 points over just 38 games. Celebrini believes that collegiate level hockey much more closely reflects play in the NHL than his previous experience in the USHL did, which will likely serve as a big positive for him as a rookie in the NHL.

This is of course huge news for the Sharks who were involved in a race to the bottom of the NHL's standings last season, with Celebrini being the type of player that the franchise is hoping to build around as they look towards the future. Celebrini immediately turning pro will accelerate his development and it certainly won't hurt the Sharks' ticket sales for next season.

A young player like Celebrini will be a major attraction for the Sharks, even when it comes to hockey fans outside of their area.