Josh Norris

by Zachary DeVine on December 25, 2017

 

Josh Norris, C

Shoots: L

Height: 6-01

Weight: 192

Born: 1999-05-05

Hometown:  Oxford, MI, USA

Drafted: 1st round 2017 19th overall SJ

 

 

 

 

 

Observations:

December 2017 - The Sharks' first-round selection in 2017, Josh Norris now finds himself on Team USA for the 2018 World Junior Championship. Norris was not a lock to make that team but had the inside track as a former member of the National Team Development Program. His freshman year at the University of Michigan is off to an OK start with four goals and five assists in 16 games. Ideally, the WJC would be an opportunity to gather some confidence and head back to the Wolverines with an offensive spark.  He'll need a strong showing with other skaters taken after him like Team USA teammate Kailer Yamamoto and Finland's Eeli Tolvanen likely to have starring offensive roles on the biggest stage available to NHL prospects. Zachary DeVine

 

June 2017 - Norris scored at a point-per-game clip this campaign between the USNTDP Juniors (12 goals, 14 assists, 25 games) and U.S. National U18 Team (27 goals, 34 assists, 61 games) and generated quite a buzz with his dominant performance at the NHL Draft Combine, finishing in the top 10 in seven different drills and first in four of them, including the agility drills, vertical jump and long jump. A University of Michigan commit, the athletic Norris plays with boundless energy on both ends of the ice. A careful puck handler and shifty, fast skater, he’s very crafty with his passes and highly accurate shots. Solid in all phases of the game, he’s an effective forechecker and extremely hard worker, particularly when driving to the net or fending off defenders. Norris protects the puck well and has a nose for rebounds and greasy goals.

His father Dwayne Norris played professionally at right wing in the NHL, AHL, IHL, and German leagues with Cologne and Frankfurt. Brother Coale also plays in the USHL with the Youngstown Phantoms. Kevin Wickersham

 

Fantasy Outlook: B+

Size, speed, smarts and amazing athleticism. Dependable two-way NHL middle-six forward.

 

Footage:

1G vs Lincoln - March 10, 2017.

 

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