Josh Norris signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Ottawa Senators on Monday.
Norris, selected by the San Jose Sharks with the No. 19 pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, was acquired by Ottawa in the trade that sent defenseman Erik Karlsson to the Sharks on Sept. 13, 2018.
The 20-year-old center played for the United States at the 2019 World Junior Championship, finishing with six points (three goals, three assists) to help the U.S. win the silver medal. However, an undisclosed injury sustained during the tournament forced him to miss the remainder of his second season at the University of Michigan. Norris had 19 points (10 goals, nine assists) in 17 games before having season-ending surgery.
He is expected to have a full summer of training and be ready for training camp with the Senators in the fall.
"Josh is one of the organization's top prospects, a fast, skilled, competitive center who we project to play an important role with our team in the future," Senators general manager Pierre Dorion said. "In speaking with Josh and his family, we were all in agreement that it is in the best interests of his development to make the step to turn professional after two great seasons at Michigan. We are very happy to have Josh signed and look forward to having him here at development camp in June."
Norris was drafted by San Jose after his second season with the U.S. National Team Development Program, where he was a teammate of forward Brady Tkachuk, who Ottawa chose with the No. 4 pick in the 2018 NHL Draft. The two played on the gold-medal winning United States team at the 2017 IIHF Under-18 World Championship.