The San Jose Sharks announced they have signed winger Jacob McGrew to three-year, entry-level contract. McGrew, the team’s sixth-round pick in the 2017 draft, impressed Sharks management during rookie camp enough to garner a NHL contract.
McGrew played with the Los Angeles Jr. Kings U16 club team and led the league in goals in 2015-16. Then for his draft year, McGrew signed with the WHL’s Spokane Chiefs, but on his first day of practice, ran into his goalie, tearing his ACL, MCL and PCL muscles in his knee and was lost for the 2016-17 season. The Sharks opted to take a flier on him in the sixth round that year despite the fact he missed the entire season. However, the 19-year-old rebounded in his first year back from double knee surgery with 19 goals and 19 assists in 65 games for the Chiefs, but also posted six points in seven playoff games that year.
“Jake is an exceptional skater who is a threat to shoot from anywhere on the ice,” said Sharks general manager Doug Wilson. “He always seems to be around the net, ready to outwork his opponent for the puck. The California-born prospect really took his game to the next level during the WHL playoffs last season and carried that into Team USA’s World Jr. Selection Camp this summer before a strong showing in both the rookie tournament in Vegas and our NHL Training Camp this month. He has continued to exceed expectations, both on and off the ice, and we have been very impressed with his development under Spokane head coach Dan Lambert.”
His contract will slide as he will return to Spokane as he isn’t able to play at the minor-league level yet and the contract won’t begin until the 2018-19 season.
CapFriendly was the first to report on the signing.