The San Jose Sharks trade prior first-round pick to the Predators

Sam Jones
June 23, 2024  (2:27 PM)

The San Jose Sharks traded their prior first-round pick to the Nashville Predators
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In a surprising move, the San Jose Sharks have traded forward prospect Ozzy Wiesblatt to the Nashville Predators.

Receiving restricted free agent Egor Afanasyev in return. This trade has sent ripples through the NHL community, especially as teams are gearing up for the draft and free agency period.
Ozzy Wiesblatt, the 31st overall pick by the Sharks in the 2020 draft, has struggled to make a significant impact on a relatively weak Sharks lineup. Last season, he played for both the San Jose Barracuda and the Milwaukee Admirals in the AHL, managing a modest tally of 4 goals in 40 games. His inability to secure a regular spot on the Sharks' roster made him a likely candidate for a trade.
On the flip side, Egor Afanasyev, a second-round pick by the Predators in 2019, has shown glimpses of his potential. Despite limited exposure in the NHL, where he played 19 games and scored only one goal, Afanasyev excelled in the AHL. His performance last season with the Milwaukee Admirals was noteworthy, netting 27 goals and accumulating a total of 54 points in just 54 games.
The trade suggests a strategic move by both teams, familiar with the prospects due to their shared affiliations with the Milwaukee Admirals. Afanasyev's success at the AHL level and his proximity to NHL readiness likely made him an attractive option for the Sharks, who are in need of bolstering their attacking options. Conversely, the Predators are taking a gamble on Wiesblatt, hoping he can unlock his potential and provide long-term benefits.
This transaction occurs at a critical time, just before the NHL Draft and the free agency period beginning on July 1st. Although considered a minor trade, it signifies the start of the 'blockbuster season' in the NHL, which has already seen a historic cup final. For hockey enthusiasts, the excitement continues to build as teams re-shape their rosters for the upcoming season.
The Preds have acquired forward Ozzy Wiesblatt from the San Jose Sharks
This trade encapsulates the dynamic nature of NHL dealings and sets the stage for more thrilling developments as the league approaches one of its most eventful times of the year. With both teams looking to optimize their line-ups, it remains to be seen how these new additions will fare in the coming season.
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The San Jose Sharks trade prior first-round pick to the Predators

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