Why Sharks might regret decision to send Eklund down


William Eklund is what, like, the fourth-best forward on the Sharks right now?

Timo Meier has been traded. Logan Couture and Tomas Hertl are atop a teetering pyramid. Probably Alexander Barabanov, too.

After that? Eklund certainly has a case for No. 4.

So why did the Sharks send him down?

A couple things make sense to me, both of which the Sharks probably will be loath to admit.

Some background: Last year, when Eklund started the season with the Sharks, I advocated keeping him instead of sending him back to Sweden after nine games.

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About seven pounds lighter, Eklund was surviving in the NHL on his guile. That’s the right word – he was surviving, not thriving.

But he also, mainly because of his hockey brain and shifty skating, was a legitimate top-nine forward on a Sharks squad that started the season 6-3-0.

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