Using a pick acquired from the Coyotes, the Sharks selected winger Jacob McGrew in the sixth round, 159th overall.
From Orange, California, McGrew played with the L.A. Junior Kings for two years before making his way to the Spokane Chiefs of the WHL. Unfortunately, a lower body injury kept him from seeing any ice time in the WHL.
McGrew is a right-handed shot. His tournament play has seen him average over a point per game. With the U.S. Under 17 Select Team, he scored an overtime goal against Slovakia and totaled nine points in five games.
It’s probable the Sharks have kept an eye on his progress. McGrew seems to be a hard worker and his U.S. Under 17 Select Team coach, Shawn Pitcher, describes him as “very coachable,” which is promising. This quote from Jack Bowkus, his Junior Kings coach, sells McGrew pretty well:
“He really turned it up a notch. He’s fast, has a cannon of a shot and plays with energy. He gets his nose dirty.”
McGrew will most likely return to the Spokane Chiefs next season.
Jacob McGrew Career Stats (via EliteProspects)
Date of Birth: February 25, 1999
Place of Birth: Orange, California
Position: Right Wing
Weight: 190 lbs