Hatakka was selected by the Sharks in the sixth round of the 2019 NHL Draft. He spent the year in Finland’s top professional league, managing a goal and seven points in 44 games, and also won a Bronze Medal with Finland at this year’s World Juniors.
While we could see Hatakka join the AHL’s San Jose Barracuda next season, he’s likely still a little ways off from competing for a spot on the Sharks’ blue line. That said, he was good in his own end for Finland at the World Juniors this year and could potentially provide a bit more defensive stability for San Jose down the road.
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Do you think Santeri Hatakka will earn a full-time role with the Sharks at some point?