The San Jose Sharks have had a rough start to the 2023-2024 season, with a record of 0-7-1 in their first 8 games. The team’s performance has left much to be desired, with only 8 goals scored while conceding 32, marking a -24 goal differential.
The Sharks’ offensive struggles are glaring, especially in the last 5 games where they were outscored 20-3, including being shut out in back-to-back games. The scoring drought is reflected in the individual performances as well, with only 2 players managing to amass 3 or more points and 2 players scoring more than one goal.
Are the San Jose Sharks tanking the season for Macklin Celebrini?
The disappointing start has led to speculations around the Sharks’ strategy, with some believing the team is eyeing a high draft pick in the upcoming 2024 NHL entry draft, particularly targeting Macklin Celebrini, who is projected to be the 1st overall pick in 2024.
The tag #TankForCelebrini is gaining traction among the fanbase as they come to terms with the possibility of a rebuilding phase.
Despite the gloomy atmosphere, the Sharks organization and the fans hope that this strategy will pay off in the long run, leading to a stronger team in the near future.
The current season may be a tough pill to swallow, but with a potential star player like Celebrini on the horizon, there might be a silver lining to the dismal start of the season.