San Jose Sharks pick Filip Bystedt to make North American pro debut

San Jose Sharks first round pick Filip Bystedt will make his professional debut in North America tonight when the San Jose Barracuda take on the San Diego Gulls at Pechanga Arena.

It will be a quick turnaround for Bystedt, the 20-year-old center who was officially reassigned to the Barracuda on Monday and arrived in San Diego to join the team later in the day. He will wear number 21.

It was not immediately clear who Bystedt’s teammates would be against the Gulls. He could replace Jack Studnicka, who centered a line with Danil Gushchin and Brandon Coe in the Barracudas’ 4-1 win over the Calgary Wranglers on Sunday. Studnicka was recalled by the Sharks on Monday.

Wednesday’s game begins at 7 p.m. The Barracudas (21-32-9-2) were officially eliminated from the playoffs, but can overtake the Gulls (23-31-8-0) for ninth in the AHL Pacific Division thanks to a settlement. -time saved.

Bystedt, selected 27th overall by the Sharks in 2022, had 17 points in 47 regular season games for Linkoping of the Swedish Hockey League this season. He had 20 points in 45 games for the club last season when he was named SHL Rookie of the Year.

The Sharks felt that Bystedt, who turned 20 in February, had a solid year.

“He’s a 19-year-old playing against men in the top division in Sweden,” Sharks director of amateur scouting Chris Morehouse said in December. “There are going to be ups and downs.”

Playing for Sweden at the World Juniors, Bystedt recorded three goals and one assist in seven games.

“His development has continued to improve since day one,” Sharks director of player development Todd Marchant said in January.

In the 2022 NHL Draft, the Sharks originally had the 11th pick, but sent it to the Arizona Coyotes for three draft picks, including the 27th overall used to select Bystedt.

The Sharks also received two second-round selections in the deal, at numbers 1. 34 and 45, which they used on forward Cameron Lund and defenseman Mattias Hävelid, respectively. Arizona used the 11th pick on center Conor Geekie, who had 99 points in 55 Western Hockey League regular-season games this season.

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