Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Prospect Watch: Jason Gregoire



UPDATE 2.13.10
Gregoire got his collegiate career off to a great start last year, and has continued playing well into the 2009-10 season. The 5’11, 175 lb left winger is currently North Dakota’s leading scorer with 13 goals and 11 assists in 29 games. He's gone back to having more goals than assists, as he did in junior.

"It gets tougher and tougher [to score in] every league," he told Hockey's Future in January. "It's good to be back to my old ways as you say. It takes a little time to get used to college hockey, it's a real good league and a lot of good players. To be scoring means a lot."

The Islanders may want to keep Gregoire at UND for at least another season to get stronger.

Third round pick (76th overall) in the 2007 NHL Draft.
Found some great stuff on Islesinfo about Gregoire. He's projected to be close to a 2nd or third liner, with not having one good aspect but all together a lot of small aspects to his game. He is currently in North Dakota, so there is no need to rush his progress. Look for him to be in Bridgeport around 2-3 years.

Islanders Minnesota Scout Jim Hillman: Jason has deceiving speed and is good around the net. He takes advantage of his opportunities because of his quick hands. I got a chance to see him play with Lincoln of the USHL and he was effective at winning the one-on-one battles at both ends of the ice. I didn't expect him to be available this late in the draft. (from nyi.com)

Islanders Director of Pro Scouting & USHL Scout Ken Morrow: In two of the games I saw Jason, he had hat tricks, so he has some goal scoring ability. He was a very smart player and good around the net. What I liked best about Jason was that he came on at the end of the season, and consistently got better as the season progressed. Scouting the amateurs is a whole different ballgame than watching the pros. These are guys, who we might not see play for the Islanders for another five or six years, but this kid stuck out in my mind. (from nyi.com)

His stats so far this year 2010:

2006-07 Lincoln Stars USHL 32 16 20 36
2007-08 Lincoln Stars USHL 54 37 32 69
2008-09 U. of North Dakota NCAA 42 12 17 29
2009-10 U. of North Dakota NCAA 34 15 12 27

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