Jasper Weatherby's emotional goodbye to Sharks after 'awesome' opportunity
Weatherby grateful to Sharks for 'really awesome' opportunity originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
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When’s the last time that it felt really, really good to be a San Jose Sharks fan?
It probably hasn’t been at any time this year. Sure, Erik Karlsson is having a season for the ages. But a 0-5-0 start – and trading homegrown star Timo Meier – cast a pall on this campaign.
Really, it’s been a depressing four years for Sharks fans, going back to letting Joe Pavelski walk in free agency in the summer of 2019.
But there was, I think, a brief ray of light in these otherwise dark ages.
Let’s go back to Oct. 16, 2021. The Sharks beat the Winnipeg Jets 4-3 on opening night at SAP Center.
Rookies Jasper Weatherby, William Eklund, and Jonathan Dahlen were making their NHL debuts.
Weatherby, straight from the University of North Dakota to San Jose’s second-unit power play, scored his first-ever NHL goal.
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The seventh-overall pick of the most recent Draft, Eklund, notched his first-ever NHL point.