(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.”

A West Coast girl, born and raised in the Bay Area in the most non-traditional Hockey Market you could imagine for a long time... When the Sharks came to town it changed the Bay Area hockey landscape forever. Her first love will always be the Red Wings but she has embraced the Sharks since their debut in 1991. She has a passion for minor league grind-it-out-in the-corners hockey. Her heart broke when the ECHL Bulls folded , but luckily the Stockton Thunder are still close enough for her to get her gritty-hockey fix. Besides watching hockey, she is an American Tribal Style belly-dancer and trolls the blue-line, playing defence in a local rec hockey league... A somehow strange but balanced juxtaposition.

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