The San Jose Sharks have signed prospect Brandon Coe to an entry-level contract. Coe currently plays for the North Bay Battalion of the OHL, where he will remain through the end of this season. Sharks director of scouting Doug Wilson Jr. released the following statement about the team’s newest forward:
Brandon is a developing power forward with great skating ability. Last year he gained valuable experience playing in the AHL and we’re proud of how he has taken his offense to the next level this season. He’s leading the OHL in scoring and is a key player on a first place North Bay team.
Coe, 20, was a fourth-round pick by the Sharks in 2020, selected 98th overall after a strong performance in the OHL. He ended up playing in 17 games with the San Jose Barracuda last season on an amateur tryout while the junior league wasn’t in action, but returned to North Bay this season to be part of a dominant group.
In 24 games, he’s shown exactly why his return was such a huge boost to the Battalion’s OHL championship hopes. The 6’5″ forward has 46 points in those two dozen games, good enough to lead the entire league.
His year has only continued to get better with this entry-level contract, which will actually kick in for this season despite his assignment to junior. Once the OHL season ends, he’ll likely join the Barracuda once again to start his professional career.