NHL Draft 2017: San Jose Sharks select Joshua Norris with No. 19 overall pick

The center impressed at the scouting combine, earning a first round pick from the San Jose Sharks.

The Sharks’ first pick in the 2017 NHL Draft is center Joshua Norris, selected 19th overall. He played with the U.S. National Under-18 Team this past year, posting seven points in seven games during the Under-18 World Juniors Championship and 61 points in 61 games with the USDP. Norris is 6’1”, 192 lbs, and shoots left.

The highest ranking for Norris was 21st, from Craig Button. His final ISS ranking was 23rd.

Norris is described as a two-way forward and a play maker, something the Sharks are likely looking to create internally, as their core play makers take a step back. He’s committed to the University of Michigan next year, not too far from his hometown of Oxford, Michigan. His OHL rights are held by the Niagara Ice Dogs.

Norris is the first American player selected in the first round by the Sharks since Charlie Coyle in 2010.

Joshua Norris Career Stats (via EliteProspects)

Date of Birth: May 5, 1999
Place of Birth: Oxford, Michigan
Shoots: Left
Position: Center
Height: 6’1”
Weight: 192 lbs