San Jose is on the verge of locking in two of its better depth forwards.
The two are similar, in that GM Doug Wilson pried them out of top-flight European leagues at advanced ages.
Donskoi was signed out of the Finnish League at 23, and had a solid rookie campaign for the Sharks before injuries played a role in his disappointing sophomore campaign. After scoring 11 goals and 36 points in his first year, Donskoi had just six and 11 this season (though he was limited to just 61 games played).
Karlsson was plucked from the Swedish League, also at 23, and has evolved into a dependable two-way forward in San Jose. He’s posted double-digits in goals in three straight years though, like Donskoi, he battled injury in ’16-17 and only played 67 times.
It will be curious to see what kind of money and term the pair get. Karlsson’s last deal paid $1.65 million annually while Donskoi’s came in at $925,000 — both pretty good bargains.
Wilson will undoubtedly need to pay them more this time around. But having said that, Wilson also needs to be mindful of what’s down the road — big financial decisions to be made with veteran UFAs Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau.