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Fantasy Summary

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


Observations

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October 2020 – Norris will be among the young players looking to get their name on the final roster at the end of training camp in Ottawa. The former Michigan Wolverine has the speed and skill to play at the NHL level and his frame should be able to hold up to the competition. He has exceeded expectations in Ottawa since being a key piece in the Karlsson trade. He got a taste of NHL action last year and extended summer to get stronger, watch for Norris to find a way onto the Senators’ roster and produce. Tony Ferrari
March 2020 – Josh Norris has been named the AHL Player of the Month after putting up 16 points in nine games in the month of February. He was just sent back to the AHL after a three-game stint in which he went scoreless. He could very well get another chance with the big club by seasons end but next year is the year to watch for Norris to take the step into the NHL. Tony Ferrari
February 2020 – Josh Norris has been called up to the Ottawa Senators. He finally makes the jump to the NHL after leading the Belleville Senators in scoring virtually all season and competing for the AHL scoring lead as a 20-year-old. Easily leading all rookies, his 58 points rank third in the entire AHL and his 30 goals rank second. He should be able to provide a bit of a scoring punch in the NHL. The prized prospect from the Erik Karlsson trade looks to make an impact on the Senators, hoping to earn a role for the rest of the season. Whether the Senators elect to keep him with the big club or not, Norris will provide another glimpse of hope for the future along with fellow young players like Drake Batherson and Erik Brannstrom. Tony Ferrari
January 2020 – Josh Norris has had an outstanding season thus far with Belleville. He is currently second on the team in scoring and tied for fifth in the AHL with 40 points in 42. He recently had an 8-game winning streak come to an end but the young forward has been one consistently one of the best prospects in the Senators system this year. The young triggerman has been showing everything that the Senators wanted but he has yet to receive an NHL call-up. He could very well receive a call-up after the trade deadline but a full year in the AHL may be in the cards for the productive center. Tony Ferrari
November 2019 – Moving from the NCAA to the AHL, Norris has adapted to his new environment well. Despite having a slow start with no points in his first five games, Norris has 13 points in his last 13 games. In a season where the Ottawa Senators are likely to see what each of their prospects have at the NHL level, Norris is likely to pick up at least a few games with the parent club. As one of the prize acquisitions in the Erik Karlsson-trade, he has continued to produce and show that his professional potential is still quite high. Tony Ferrari
September 2019 – Cut from Senators camp on September 22nd, he has done nothing but has a strong showing with Belleville to start the year in their preseason and training camp. Norris has been strong in all three zones and he looks to be a budding NHL talent. One of the Senators’ top prospects, Norris could make the jump to the NHL at some point this season. His arrival could come after the trade deadline with the likely departures of veterans and roster spots up for grabs. Norris’ play could warrant one of those roster spots should he have a strong start to his rookie AHL season. Tony Ferrari
December 2018- The lone Senators prospect in this year’s World Junior Championship, Norris is off to a great start to his season. He has tallied 19 points in 17 games, including ten goals with the University of Michigan Wolverines. While not projecting to have blazing offensive numbers in the NHL, the consistent centre will continue improving his game in the NCAA. He has the potential to turn pro at the end of his season and continue his development in Belleville. As a hard-nosed player, he will undoubtedly have a consistent role in the NHL once he is ready, although it may be in more of a supportive second- or third-line role. Jordan Deshane

September 2018 – Norris has been traded from San Jose to Ottawa as part of the Erik Karlsson trade.  Jokke Nevalainen

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

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 7.0
NHL Certainty 7.5
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

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2012-2013 Oakland Jr. Grizzlies 13U AAAT1EHL 13U29 17 3047 12|        
 2013-2014 Oakland Jr. Grizzlies 14U AAAT1EHL 14U28 11 1425 30|        
  Oakland Jr. Grizzlies 16U AAAT1EHL 16U1 0 00 0|        
 2014-2015 Team White USA-S155 2 46 -|        
  Oakland Jr. Grizzlies 16U AAAT1EHL 16U7 3 58 2|Playoffs2 0 00
  Oakland Jr. Grizzlies 16U AAA16U AAA21 10 1828 14|        
 2015-2016 USNTDP JuniorsUSHL24 2 57 16|        
  U.S. National U17 TeamUSDP44 14 1327 34|        
  USA U17WHC-175 2 35 4|        
 2016-2017 USNTDP JuniorsUSHL25 12 1426 18|        
  U.S. National U18 TeamUSDP61 27 3461 36|        
  USA U18WJC-187 3 47 2|        
 2017-2018 Univ. of MichiganNCAA37 8 1523 24|        
  USA U20WJC-207 0 33 2|        
 2018-2019 Univ. of MichiganNCAA17 10 919 10|        
  USA U20WJC-207 3 36 4|        
 2019-2020 Ottawa SenatorsNHL3 0 00 0|        
  Belleville SenatorsAHL56 31 3061 21|        
 2020-2021 Ottawa SenatorsNHL- - -- -|        

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