Noah Gregor will be staying on the West coast of North America for the foreseeable future.
The Victoria Royals forward signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the San Jose Sharks Friday, marking the second signing of the day by a WHL player with a NHL club.
Gregor, a 6-foot-0, 188-pound product of Beaumont, Alta. was originally selected by the Sharks in the fourth round, 111th overall, in the 2016 NHL Draft.
During the 2017-18 WHL regular season, Gregor played in 60 games, recording 65 points (29G-36A), 10 power-play goals and five game-winning goals. Throughout his WHL career, Gregor has appeared in 194 regular season games, registering 205 points (86G-119A). He’s also scored 32 power-play goals, one short-handed goal and 16 game-winning goals.
Gregor was originally selected by the Royals in third round, 55th overall, of the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft. Traded to the Warriors before making his WHL debut, Gregor made his debut with the Warriors on Sept. 19, 2014 and played 164 WHL regular season games before re-joining the Royals for the last 30.
In 24 career WHL playoff games, Gregor has 21 points (9G-12A), including one power-play goals and two game-winning goals. In seven WHL playoff games with the Royals this season, Gregor has 10 points (4G-6A).
Gregor is the second WHL player to sign an entry-level contract with a NHL club Friday after Medicine Hat Tigers defenceman David Quenneville signed with the New York Islanders. Like Quenneville, Gregor represented Canada at the 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship, tallying a pair of assists in five games.
Gregor has represented the WHL at other top-tier events, playing in the 2016 Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game and during the 2017 CIBC Canada-Russia Series.
The Victoria Royals will continue their run in the 2018 WHL Playoffs Friday, April 6 (7:05 p.m. PT) when they open up their Round Two series against the Tri-City Americans.