2002-03: Nodl played for Team Austria at the IIHF Division I Group B U18 World Championships and scored 2 goals and 2 assists in 5 games as the team’s first line center. The 16-year-old finished second in Austria team scoring for the tournament.
2003-04: As a 17-year-old, Nodl played for Wiener EV’s team in the Nationalliga, the second highest league in Austria, and for its J20 team. Playing semi-pro senior hockey, Nodl scored 15 goals and 22 assists in 25 games second in team scoring. Nodl also finished second on the J20 team in scoring with 11 goals and 10 assists in 15 games. Team Austria called upon Nodl to play at the World Junior Championship in Finland.
2004-05: Nodl made the move to the USHL with the Sioux Falls Stampede, the team Vanek played for in the USHL. Nodl’s rookie season in the USHL destroyed his confidence, as he only scored 7 goals and 9 assists in 44 games. His 2 goals and 2 assists in 5 games at the Division I Group A World Junior Championships might not have shown it, but the 1 goal and 1 assist he scored in 4 games at the Division I Group A U18 World Championships showed how much Nodl’s confidence had eroded.
2005-06: With a new coach, Kevin Hartzell, came new opportunities. Nodl scored a natural hat trick and an assist in his first game of the season and earned USHL Offensive Player of the Week honors. Nodl was named the USHL Prospects/All-Star Game MVP after scoring a goal and an assist for Team West in its 5-3 victory over Team East. This was not the only honor Nodl earned Feb. 8, as he won the Fastest Skater competition in the Skills Competition with a lap of 14.68. By the end of the regular season, Nodl had scored 29 goals and 30 assists in 58 games. His offensive production helped Sioux Falls win the Anderson Cup for the best record in the regular season and his 59 points placed him fifth in USHL scoring. Recognizing his accomplishment, the USHL named Nodl to the All-USHL First Team. The playoffs were no different, as Nodl finished third in Clark Cup scoring with 6 goals and 9 assists, although Sioux Falls fell to Des Moines in the Clark Cup Finals. After the season, Nodl was invited to the NHL Draft Combine.
2006-07: As a freshman at St. Cloud State, Nodl wasted no time in establishing himself as a force at the NCAA level. While he was described by Huskies head coach Bob Motzko from the beginning as a "prized recruit," the 20-year-old Austrian certainly exceeded expectations as a freshman. He would go on to co-lead the nation in scoring among first-year players, tying Western Michigan center Mark Letestu with 46 points (18 goals, 28 assists) in 40 games. Nodl’s performance would ultimately earn him WCHA Rookie of the Year honors, making him the first ever St. Cloud player to capture the award.
Nodl broke the Huskies record for scoring by a rookie, and tied the school mark for game-winning goals in a season with five. He was also named to the All-WCHA Third Team following the conclusion of the regular season.
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2007-08: Before opting to leave the team and see regular AHL action, Nodl was in his second year with St. Cloud State (WCHA). He recorded 18 goals and 26 assists for a total of 44 points in 40 games, two points less than his freshman year with the club. He was named to the WCHA Second All-Star Team before heading to the Philadelphia Phantoms. He recorded one goal in three regular season games with the club and his first playoff goal, an empty-net tally, in game one against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
Nodl has a powerful stride, and is able to use his speed to take people wide, which he does often. He has the agility and the stickhandling to deke opponents as well. Nodl has the offensive awareness to slow the game down when he can and make a play, especially off the boards to the slot. A good playmaker, Nodl is an even better shooter. The release and power of his wrist and snap shots are pro caliber already. His slap shot is also quite hard.
Nodl has improved his defensive game and finishes his checks regularly, which can be a hard hit along the boards given his size. He wins more than his share of battles for the puck, but he could become even more proactive in getting the puck himself. It sometimes seems as if Nodl isn’t entirely aware of how good he really is.
Nodl has the talent to become a second or third line winger in the NHL, given his speed, skating, shot, and size.