It’s not hard to believe Jake McGrew would be drafted by an NHL team. Anyone who saw him play growing up knew the Orange native had a blend of power, speed and skill that would translate well into higher levels of hockey.
Indeed, the 1999 birth year was a strong bet to play a regular role for the Spokane Chiefs of the Western Hockey League until he blew out a knee during the first practice of the regular season.
Still, the San Jose Sharks had scouted him twice during the preseason and saw enough to make him an early sixth-round pick, 159th overall.
Though he’s back skating, he wasn’t able to fully participate in the Sharks’ prospects camp this week. He is, however, highly motivated to return stronger than ever, as he told me in this recent interview before prospects camp.
©Chris Bayee 2017