Noah Gregor (Forward)
Victoria Royals (WHL)
Born: 7/28/1998 | Height: 6’ 0” | Weight: 188 lbs
Acquired: Drafted in the 4th Round, 111th Overall, in 2016
|9/29/2017||Regina @ Moose Jaw|
|2/28/2018||Victoria @ Kamloops|
|3/31/2018||Vancouver @ Victoria|
– great speed and mechanics
– can create/finish off the rush
– 200-foot responsibility and effort provides value at both ends
– on-ice attitude/decision making is team first
– good hockey sense
– not assertive enough offensively
– vision and passing is good but he needs to look for better opportunities during 5v5
– questionable offensive ceiling at the next level
Noah Gregor is a responsible 200-foot center that brings an enticing blend of speed and skill. Gregor was an important forward for both the Moose Jaw Warriors and the Victoria Royals.
Gregor is a great skater with remarkable speed and impressive skating mechanics. He’s rather explosive out of the gate and uses both straight line speed and good cuts to quickly beat opponents directly or out wide. His stride is long and smooth with good extension in his trailing leg.
Offensively, Gregor impresses but also leaves a bit to be desired. Gregor has good cross-ice vision that allows him to pick out passes across the slot. Gregor’s shot is fine but he could stand to be more accurate when shooting high glove or high blocker. One thing I like about Gregor’s game is the variety in the execution in his offensive game. His ability to play with the puck at a high tempo and at high speeds forces defenders to make quick decisions. He’s got great hands and can quickly get the puck from forehand to backhand. He is good as a leading player or passing option on the rush but also does fine work in front of the net and in the middle of the slot. He’s not the strongest player out there but he does a good job establishing positioning and avoiding being tied up by defensemen. The one downfall with Gregor’s game is that I see him as more of a supporting forward at the pro level rather than one who generates offense. In my viewings it rarely seemed like he was the main driver of his line with Moose Jaw or Victoria but I think he’s more than capable of being an excellent supporting forward.
Defensively, Gregor has very few holes. Gregor is very good at battling along the boards and can fish the puck free or knock it to a teammate with relative consistency. Much like the Sharks’ centermen and system, Gregor is very proactive in taking away the middle of the ice off the rush and in the defensive transition. While his positioning is a little too loose in the corners, Gregor does a good job at supporting the defensemen by taking away space in the slot and along the boards.
All-in-all, Gregor is an interesting player to track. While I believe he shows potential offensively, I don’t know if he is a creative enough player to be a driving force at the NHL level. He may not be the most offensively dynamic at the next level but he’s a well-rounded player and a reliable one at that. His adjustment to the pro ranks with the Barracuda should be telling in what his future holds. As of now I think Gregor has the potential to be a versatile two-way third line NHL forward with an outside chance of finding that offensive spark necessary to be even greater.