Sharks win No. 1 pick, Macklin Celebrini lottery – NBC Sports Bay Area & California

The ping-pong balls fell in favor of the Sharks in the 2024 NHL Draft on Tuesday night, awarding the No. 1 overall pick to San Jose for the first time in franchise history.

The Sharks, who have another first-round pick at No. 14 following the trade of Erik Karlsson to the Pittsburgh Penguins, are expected to draft Macklin Celebrini, the highest-rated prospect in the draft. The 17-year-old center is a special talent, as he has 32 goals and 32 assists in just 37 games at Boston University this season.

Even better for San Jose: Celebrini has local ties, as he played for the Jr. Sharks during the 2019-20 season, scoring 49 goals and racking up 45 assists in just 54 games for the 14-year-old team and less. Additionally, his father, Rick, is the director of sports medicine and performance for the Golden State Warriors, and the Celebrini family is based in Livermore, just 34 miles north of the Sharks’ SAP Center.

After the Sharks won the lottery, Celebrini shared his thoughts on the organization with ESPN’s John Buccigross.

“I lived there for a little while, obviously with my dad with the Warriors,” Celebrini told Buccigross. “…If I’m lucky enough to get drafted there, I’d be very lucky.”

The Sharks, who finished last in the 2023-24 NHL standings (19-54-9), had an 18.5 percent chance of landing the top pick.

The Chicago Blackhawks got the second overall pick, the Anaheim Ducks got the third pick and the Columbus Blue Jackets got the fourth pick.

Heading into the lottery, the Blackhawks were behind the Sharks with the second-best odds at 13.5 percent after finishing 31st overall in the NHL (23-53-6) last season. The 30th-ranked Ducks had the third-best odds at 11.5 percent.

The 2024 NHL Draft will take place June 28-29 at the Sphere in Las Vegas. San Jose is currently projected to have nine picks: two in the first round and two in the second round, then one in the third, one in the fourth, two in the fifth and one in the seventh round.

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