Garrett Noonan
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Garrett Noonan

Hometown:

Norfolk Massachusetts

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1991-01-28

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2011

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2011

Height:

6-0

Acquired:

4th round (112th overall), 2011

Weight:

205 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

2008-09: Garrett Noonan skated in 30 games for Catholic Memorial High School as the team won the Massachusetts Super 8 Championship. A team co-captain and co-MVP of the Catholic Conference, Noonan scored 12 goals with 22 assists.

2009-10: Noonan played in 58 regular season games for the BCHL’s Vernon Vipers tallying 2 goals and 16 assists, then went on to add 3 goals and 3 assists in 19 playoff games.

2010-11: Noonan notched 4 goals and 11 assists in 38 games as a freshman for the Boston University Terriers. He also added 89 PIMs on the season, a significant jump from his totals in the BCHL.

2011-12: Noonan was the leading goal scorer among Hockey East defensemen as a sophomore -scoring 16 goals for the Terriers. He also had 11 assists and was plus-19 in 38 games with 64 penalty minutes. Eight of his 16 goals were scored on the Boston University power play. The Terriers finished third in Hockey East and reached the conference tournament semifinals with a double OT win over New Hampshire. In the NCAA tournament the Terriers lost to Minnesota.

2012-13: Noonan was an assistant captain for Boston University in his junior season and skated in 34 games for the Terriers. Paired with exciting freshman Matt Grzelcyk (Boston) for much of the season, Noonan failed to replicate the 16 goals of his sophomore season but provided physical play and playmaking for BU. He scored 6 goals with 13 assists and was +6 while leading the Terriers with 94 penalty minutes. After finishing in a three-way tie for third, the Terriers reached the Hockey East championship game; falling to regular season champion Massachusetts-Lowell in long-time head coach Jack Parker’s final game.

2013-14: Noonan was a team captain for Boston University in his senior season and signed an entry-level two-year contract with Nashville in April 2014. He skated in 34 of 35 games for the Terriers and was the second-leading scorer amongst defensemen behind sophomore Ahti Oksanen. He scored four goals with 12 assists and was minus-12 with 42 penalty minutes. Boston University finished ninth in Hockey East and lost to Notre Dame in a first round playoff game.

 

Talent Analysis

Noonan is a classic two-way defenseman that takes care of business efficiently in his zone but can also bring some offensive punch from the back end. The mobile, smooth skating defender has a very good first pass, a hard accurate shot, and can operate the power play unit. The fourth round pick has surprised many people with his fast development over the last few years at the NCAA level. He could project into a top-four defenseman in the NHL.

 

Future

Noonan will attend his first Predators camp in the fall and will compete for a spot with AHL affiliate Milwaukee. Noonan was with the Admirals following his college season last year but did not appear in any games. The Nashville organization has seen an infusion of talented young defensemen in the past couple of seasons so Noonan has his work cut out for him to one day earn a spot with the NHL club. Talent-wise, he projects to being a two-way defender capable of supplying some offense from the blue line.

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