The Sharks pick another center at #111, and this one I really like. He was a riser this year and put up 73 points in 72 games in the WHL. He's a speedy forward with the hands to match. He had a big draft year and was an important piece on Moose Jaw.
The Draft Analyst
Gregor is a three-zone roadrunner who screams sleeper, as he bounced back from an injury-plagued rookie season to distinguish himself among Moose Jawâs forest of elite forwards. He is easily at or near the top of a very talented group of draft-eligible penalty killers, but what makes him worthy of a significant leap-frog are his speed and versatility. Gregor is ridiculously skilled, making plays at high speed and taking advantage of his linematesâ strengths. Heâs a disciplined player who makes smart decisions and rarely do you see him fumbling with the puck if the game is close. Gregor has a very good wrist shot â he can pick corners or pump one inside the far post on his off wing. But he can also dish the puck as well â His 30 primary assists tied for the most among the WHLâs first-year draft eligibles. And while heâs listed at only 5â11, he plays fearless and will take the shortest route to the net even if there is an opponent or two blocking his path.
Last Word on Sports
Noah Gregor has decent size and plays a strong all-around game, as he shows ability in all three zones. He is a good skater. Gregor has very good speed and acceleration. He also shows good agility and edge work, allowing him to maneuver in and out of traffic, both with and without the puck. Gregor could stand to improve his core strength, and his lower body strength in order to generate a more powerful stride, improve his balance and be stronger on the puck. It will also help him when battling in the corners. Gregor shows good skill in the offensive zone. He has a heavy wrist shot, with good accuracy and a quick release. He also shows a good arsenal of shots, with a strong snap shot, and one-timer. Gregor has excellent vision and sees openings to thread the needle to create a scoring chance for a teammate. He has a knack for throwing a saucer pass over an opponents stick and landing it in time to hit his teammateâs blade. His hockey sense is high, as he often makes the right play, and does not turn the puck over a lot. Gregor is tenacious and willing to battle along the boards, but needs to improve his overall muscle mass to avoid being pushed around at higher levels. Gregor is a hard worker in the defensive end of the ice. He is willing to bring back pressure, and work to help contain the cycle. However he can be overpowered by bigger and stronger forwards. His positioning is good for his age, and he has some understanding of how to cut down passing and shooting lanes. It could be improved with more time and coaching to be more consistent though.