Garrett Noonan
Image: Michael Tureski/Icon SMI

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
  • C

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.

2014-15: Noonan shuttled between Nashville AHL affiliate Milwaukee and the ECHL’s Cincinnati Cyclones in his first pro season. In 40 AHL games he scored 4 goals with 5 assists and was +7 with 17 penalty minutes. The Admirals finished fifth in the Midwest Division, missing the AHL playoffs. Noonan played 23 games with the Cyclones, scoring 1 goal with 9 assists and finishing -2 with 22 penalty minutes. 

Talent Analysis

Noonan is a two-way defenseman that takes care of business efficiently in his zone but can also bring some offensive punch. He is a mobile, smooth skating defender and has a very good first pass, a hard accurate shot, and can operate the power play unit. After developing at the NCAA level he showed promise in his first pro season with AHL affiliate Milwaukee. Noonan's combination of skating ability with some offensive flair to his game make him an intriguing prospect.

Future

Noonan made steady progress with AHL affiliate Milwaukee in his first pro season and will look to build on that progress in 2015-16. He will compete for one of the final defense slots with the Predators in training camp but will likely spend all or most of the upcoming season with the Admirals. Talent-wise, he projects to being a two-way defender capable of supplying some offense from the blue line.

Nashville Predators pipeline runs deep in NCAA and European leagues

by Shaun Bisson
on
Miikka Salomäki - Team Finland

Photo: Miikka Salomäki ranked fourth on Team Finland in points at the WJC before finishing his third pro season with Kärpät in the SM-liiga (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

 
The Nashville Predators have a lot of youth in various European leagues as well as the NCAA right now. Out of their 13 prospects that play either overseas or in the NCAA, eight of them have been drafted in the past two entry drafts. The presence of players like Jimmy Vesey (Harvard, ECAC) and Pontus Åberg (Djurgårdens, Hockey Allsvenskan) suggests high offensive capability down the road for the Predators; however, true to Nashville tradition their prospects are predominately two-way players, and there are no better examples of this than Kärpät Oulu’s Miikka Salomäki and Minnesota Golden Gophers’ captain Zach Budish.

Read more»

Next wave of Nashville Predators forward prospects move up mid-season Top 20 ranking

by Shaun Bisson
on
Ryan Ellis - Nashville Predators

Photo: Defenseman Ryan Ellis is part of a young group of Nashville blueliners trying to help the team recover from the loss of Ryan Suter. (courtesy of Danny Murphy/Icon SMI)

 
The Nashville Predators have been one of the most consistent teams over the last five years in terms of style of play. Barry Trotz and David Poile always put a team on the ice that has a defense-first mentality, and the system that the Milwaukee Admirals employ develops players that fit this mold perfectly. Homegrown players like Jonathon Blum, Roman Josi, and Gabriel Bourque have successfully made the transition from prospect to full time NHL player, and there are other players, such as Ryan Ellis, that are looking to make that jump soon as well.

Read more»

Nashville Predators organization features defensive depth and two-way forwards

by David Thicke
on
Jonathon Blum - Nashville Predators

Photo: Jonathon Blum is one of three top defensive prospects on the verge of cracking the Predators roster when the NHL resumes play. (courtesy of Danny Murphy/Icon SMI)

 
The Nashville Predators have a solid talent pool with good depth and plenty of two-way prospects but the organization is severely missing the high end talent at the forward position.

Read more»

Nashville Predators prospects expect to make an impact in 2012-13

by Richard Greco
on

Pontus Aberg - Team Sweden U20

Photo: The selection of Pontus Aberg, who will skate with Djurgarden in Sweden's Allsvenskan in 2012-13, added a talented goal-scorer to a Nashville organization starved for offense. (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The Predators have defensive stability waiting at the NHL's gates with Ryan Ellis and Roman Josi leading the way, and many of the team's other top prospects are also playing in the AHL with the Milwaukee Admirals. The depth of the organization is apparent in the many notable prospects on the horizon currently developing in junior, college, and European leagues. Below are some of the Nashville Predators prospects to watch during the 2012-13 season.

Read more»

Nashville Predators’ Top 20 boasts NHL defensemen, intriguing forwards

by Brian Fogarty
on
Roman Josi - Nashville Predators

All-around defenseman Roman Josi is one of three Nashville blue line prospects with NHL experience in this edition of the Predators' Top 20 ranking. (courtesy of Russell Lansford/Icon SMI)

The Nashville Predators have some bright light defensemen in their pipeline, and several two-way forwards that look like they just came out of the Nashville mold. The top three prospects in the organization are all blueliners with NHL experience, led by the youngest of the three, Ryan Ellis. The remainder of the top ten prospects includes some interesting forwards that run the gamut from a top checking-line, shutdown type in Austin Watson to the pure scorer Pontus Aberg, one of many 2012 draft picks making their debut in the Predators Top 20 this fall.

Read more»

Related Articles

Win a PlayStation 4 + a copy of NHL 16 from GameRevolution and Hockey's Future! Complete one or more of the action... in Contests on LockerDome