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The San Jose Sharks lock up 2024 first-overall pick Macklin Celebrini to an entry-level contract, signaling the start of a new era in San Jose.

The San Jose Sharks have officially signed their highly-touted 2024 first-overall draft pick, Macklin Celebrini, to a standard entry-level contract (ELC). The deal, announced by General Manager Mike Grier, is a significant step in the Sharks’ rebuilding process, placing the young center at the heart of their future plans.

Celebrini’s entry-level contract carries an average annual value (AAV) of $4.475 million, with a substantial portion tied to performance bonuses, demonstrating the team’s confidence in his potential.

Grier praised Celebrini’s on-ice abilities and maturity, stating, “Macklin is not only a special player on the ice, but he is a poised, confident and intelligent young man off of it. His combination of skills and hockey sense is rare, and we are extremely confident that he is ready to make the transition to being a full-time NHL player.”

Celebrini’s Stellar College Career Sets Stage for NHL Jump

The 18-year-old center showcased his exceptional talent during his freshman season at Boston University, amassing 64 points (32 goals, 32 assists) in 38 games. Celebrini’s impressive point-per-game average of 1.68 ranked second in the NCAA, solidifying his status as one of the top prospects in hockey.

Celebrini’s arrival in San Jose brings a wave of optimism to a franchise eager to return to contention. The Sharks faithful can look forward to witnessing his electrifying skills and playmaking ability when he takes the ice for the 2024-25 season.

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