Eklund emotional after another ‘frustrating' Sharks' loss originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area
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It would be easy to joke that the San Jose Sharks can’t even lose right.
After all, there’s probably nothing that the last-place Sharks need for their rebuild more than the first-overall pick of the 2024 Draft.
A 2-1 loss to the second-worst team in the NHL, the Chicago Blackhawks, helps their Draft lottery odds. A 2-1 shootout loss, however, doesn’t help quite as much.
San Jose earned one point, Chicago earned two, and the Hawks are now four points ahead of the cellar-dwelling Sharks.
The worst record in the league has a 25.5 percent chance at the No. 1 pick, while the second-worst has a 13.5.
The San Jose players certainly aren’t laughing though. It’s a reminder that there’s a human cost behind all these numbers.
All the Sharks are wearing the losing, perhaps no one more than 21-year-old William Eklund, who San Jose hopes is the future of the franchise.
“It’s just frustrating because I want us to win. That’s the No. 1 thing,” the emotional winger said about missing an open net scoring chance, hitting the crossbar instead.