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San Jose Sharks sign 2023 first-round pick C Will Smith

May 28, 2024, 10:57 AM | Updated: 11:13 am

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - JUNE 28: Will Smith speaks during an interview after being selected fourth o...

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(Photo by John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images)

The San Jose Sharks signed 2023 first-round pick Will Smith to an entry-level contract on Tuesday. The 19-year-old center from Lexington, Mass., was the No. 4 overall pick in the 2023 NHL Draft.

As a freshman at Boston College in 2023-24, Smith led the nation with 71 points (25 goals, 46 assists) in 41 games.

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“Will is a dynamic and exciting young center and we are thrilled to have him join the organization after an impressive season with Boston College,” Sharks general manager Mike Grier said in a release. “We felt that this is the next best step for his development to becoming a full-time NHL player, and we are looking forward to seeing him compete at the highest level of hockey.”

Smith earned AHCA East First Team All-America, NCAA Frozen Four All-Tournament Team, Hockey East Tournament MVP, Hockey East First All-Star Team and Hockey East All-Rookie Team honors.

The young talent also helped the United States win gold medals at the 2023 World U18 Championships and 2024 World Junior Championships.

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