At first glance, there isn’t much reason for Noah Gregor to keep getting inserted into the San Jose Sharks lineup.
Gregor, stuck at three goals in 38 games this season, has a 3.0 shooting percentage, the third-worst in the NHL for a forward with 90-plus shots. This is no small feat: As of Mar. 2, 178 forwards have 90 or more shots.
In fact, of this group, Gregor has the least number of points too with 11.
Suffice to say, the production hasn’t been there for Gregor. But the 23-year-old has been a mainstay in the lineup since he was recalled from the AHL’s San Jose Barracuda on Nov. 20, sliding up and down from the second line to the fourth like an abacus. For San Jose Sharks head coach Bob Boughner, Gregor has become his swing guy, his putty for any line, from skilled to grind.
Unlike higher-scoring, young teammates like Jonathan Dahlen and Jasper Weatherby, Gregor has managed to avoid a healthy scratch.
So what keeps Gregor in the San Jose Sharks lineup, even if he’s not scoring?
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