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San Jose Sharks and Macklin Celebrini meet at NHL Draft Combine

Boston U. forward Macklin Celebrini plays against RIT during an NCAA hockey game on Thursday, March 28, 2024, in Sioux Falls, SD (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)

Macklin Celebrini, who is expected to be selected first overall by the San Jose Sharks in the NHL Draft later this month, met with general manager Mike Grier and other members of the team’s front office on Monday but said he has not yet has decided whether he will turn pro or return to Boston University.

Celebrini and other top talents will take part in the NHL Combine this week in Buffalo, New York. The Sharks are one of seven teams Celebrini will talk to in the coming days, even though San Jose is all but certain to draft the 17-year-old centerman on June 28 in the Las Vegas Sphere.

“I haven’t made a decision yet,” Celebrini said Monday, according to NHL.com. “That is a decision I will make later. I wish I could tell you that I’ve made a decision because that would be a lot easier.

Celebrini, who turns 18 on June 13, scored 64 points in 38 games as a freshman for Boston University last season and became the youngest-ever winner of the Hobey Baker Award, given annually to Division I hockey’s top player.

After the Sharks won the NHL Draft Lottery on May 7, Grier left little doubt that he would select Celebrini, a former Jr. Shark who was the youngest player in Division I in 2023-2024.

Celebrini’s father, Dr. Rick Celebrini, the Warriors’ vice president of player health and performance, told reporters after the draft lottery that another season at BU is not out of the question for Macklin. Rick Celebrini said he wanted to understand what the Sharks have in mind for Macklin and hoped it could be a “win-win” for both the player and the organization.

Macklin Celebrini said he enjoyed meeting Grier, a fellow Boston University alumnus.

“The interview was good, it went very well,” Macklin Celebrini said Monday. “It was great to meet everyone. It was a great experience. I heard a lot about (Sharks) general manager Mike Grier when I was at Boston University, so it was good to finally meet him.

Celebrini said the interview process at the company involves: “It’s more about meeting people and showing them the kind of person I am. I feel like that’s almost more important than the ice cream, just being a good person.

“I feel like that’s something you don’t see in videos. It’s more interactions with people, so I think that’s something I want to show.”

Celebrini led Boston University to an appearance in the NCAA’s Frozen Four before losing to the University of Denver in a semifinal on April 11. Denver would win the national title, defeating Sharks prospect Will Smith and Boston University in the finals on April 13.

Celebrini said he has often skated in his hometown of Vancouver.