SHARKS ADD ADDISON
The San Jose Sharks acquired defenseman Calen Addison from the Minnesota Wild for forward Adam Raska and a fifth-round draft pick in 2026.
What does it give the San Jose Sharks
A former second-round pick Addison has yet to reach the offensive potential many believed he had when he was drafted in 2018. In San Jose he will take on a much bigger role than what he had with the Wild. He will likely play regular top-4 minutes and on the Sharks top power play unit. On a young Sharks team this may be Addison's last best chance to prove himself.
What does it give the Minnesota Wild
For the Wild the right side of their blueline had become crowed with Brock Faber and Dakota Mermis taking over in the top-4 while Jared Spurgeon is injured. With Spurgeon close to a return there was just no room for Addison anymore. It is a minimal return for a player once acquired for Jason Zucker but with Addison being a 6/7 defenseman on the Wild's depth chart he didn't hold much value. Raska will head to the AHL and be forward depth for the Wild.
Many believed this would be Addison's breakout year with Klingberg leaving in free agency and Spurgeon injured. Unfortunately that never materialized and Faber ended up seizing the opportunity instead. Now in San Jose Addison becomes the Sharks best offensive defenseman and should see plenty of ice time at 5-on-5 and on the power play. On a low scoring Sharks team Addison should still be able to produce more than the 5 assist he has so far this season.