Over the past couple weeks, no Sharks prospect has been hotter than forward Noah Gregor. Gregor has piled up 10 points in his last 5 game (3 goals, 7 assists), and is currently above a point-per-game pace for the Moose Jaw Warriors in the Western Hockey League.
"I'm an offensive minded guy," Gregor said after the NHL Entry Draft. "I have pretty good speed and like to make plays in the offensive zone. But I'm a reliable guy and like to work hard every shift."
Gregor burst onto the scene last season after missing the majority of the prior season with a collarbone injury. As a rookie in the WHL last year, Gregor put up 28 goals and 45 assists for a total of 73 points in 72 games played. That scoring touch made him the runner up for WHL Rookie of the Year.
That level of production made people take notice of him, and earned him some praise from the media.
"His play with the Warriors has made him one of the biggest surprises in the WHL and now scouts can't get enough of his quickness, his smarts with the puck and his compete level," said Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News.
Despite that praise, Gregor seemed to slide a bit in this past summer's NHL Entry Draft. The Sharks were happy to pick up the 18-year-old in the 4th round at the 111th overall pick.
Still young (he won't turn 19 until July), Gregor is at least another year away from being eligible to play for the San Jose Barracuda. But if he keeps playing the way he does, Noah Gregor may be the player labeled a "steal" in the Sharks system.
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