(photo: North Bay Battalion)
The San Jose Sharks General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the team has signed unrestricted free agent forward Barclay Goodrow to an entry-level contract.
Goodrow, 21, has recorded 58 points (30-28=58), 60 penalty minutes and a plus-9 rating in 57 games this season for the North Bay Battalion of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). The North Bay captain currently leads the team in goals, assists and points in his fifth season with the Battalion.
The six-foot-two, 214-pound forward is the franchise leader in games played, having registered 220 points (124-96=220) in 307 career games with the Brampton/North Bay franchise. He needs just six goals in his team’s final six regular season games to tie Wojtek Wolski for the franchise lead in goals (130).
In 28 career OHL playoff games, the Aurora, Ontario, native has produced 11 points (4-7=11).
Goodrow decided to wait on his professional career and played this season overage with the North Bay Battalion in the OHL, turning down an opportunity to play in the American Hockey League with the Grand Rapids Griffins. Earlier he attended the rookie camp for the Detroit Red Wings as a free agent and then was invited to the Wings main camp.
In an interview earlier in the year when he rejoined the Battalion Goodrow said, “I was given the option to go the Grand Rapids camp and maybe sign an AHL contract. I figured for my development it would be better to come back to the OHL for one last season and get lots of ice time playing in all situations. Grand Rapids looks like it will be a very good team, and my ice time could have been limited.”