Josh Norris

San Jose Sharks
Photo courtesy of deadlywaters.net

Fantasy Summary

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


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 7.0
NHL Certainty 8.5
Country USA
Position C
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth May 5, 1999
Height 6‘1”
Weight 190 lbs
Drafted 2017 Round 1; Overall: 19

Observations

July 2018 – The Sharks first-rounder from 2017 had a successful season with the NCAA’s Michigan Wolverines. Norris helped bring his team to the Frozen Four tournament, where they lost a heart-breaker in the semi-finals to Notre Dame. Norris is a two-way player trusted in all situations, “he’s a major cog in our team, he plays in all situations and is one of the few players that does that” his coach Mel Pearson said of him (The Oakland Press). Norris finished the season with eight goals and 15 assists for 23 points in 37 games, solid numbers for a freshman in the NCAA. Offensively he is known as a playmaker with great patience with the puck, he does however possess a good shot as well. Norris projects as a middle-six NHL player – he may be one of those players more valuable to his NHL team than his fantasy team, however he has the potential to put up points if he plays with skill players. Chris Legg

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


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2012-2013 Oakland Jr. Grizzlies Bantam Mnr T1EMBHL 29 17 30 47 12 |          
 2013-2014 Oakland Jr. Grizzlies Bantam AAA T1EBHL 28 11 14 25 30 |          
  Oakland Jr. Grizzlies U16 T1EHL U16 1 0 0 0 0 |          
 2014-2015 Team White USA-S15 5 2 4 6 - |          
  Oakland Jr. Grizzlies U16 T1EHL U16 7 3 5 8 2 | Playoffs 2 0 0 0
  Oakland Jr. Grizzlies U16 Midget 21 10 18 28 14 |          
 2015-2016 USNTDP Juniors USHL 24 2 5 7 16 |          
  U.S. National U17 Team USDP 44 14 13 27 34 |          
  USA U17 WHC-17 5 2 3 5 4 |          
 2016-2017 USNTDP Juniors USHL 25 12 14 26 18 |          
  U.S. National U18 Team USDP 61 27 34 61 36 |          
  USA U18 WJC-18 7 3 4 7 2 |          
 2017-2018 Univ. of Michigan NCAA 37 8 15 23 24 |          
  USA U20 WJC-20 7 0 3 3 2 |          
 2018-2019 Univ. of Michigan NCAA - - - - - |          

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