2006-07: Maxim Noreau was the third-leading scorer and tops among defensemen for the Victoriaville Tigres (QMJHL) with 17 goals and 53 assists. Third-leading scorer among defensemen in the QMJHL.
2007-08: Moreau signed an AHL contract with Houston after attending the Traverse City prospect tournament and competing for the Wild. After opening the season with Texas in the ECHL, he played 50 games for the Aeros in his first pro season. He finished with 8 goals and 8 assists and was +5 with 48 PMs. His eight goals tied for the team lead among defenseman and included five power-play goals. In the two ECHL games for the Wildcatters he was +1 with 3 assists. Noreau signed an entry-level contract with the Wild in May 2008.
2008-09: Noreau was the top offensive defensemen for Houston in his second AHL season. In 77 games for Houston he scored 18 goals with 34 assists and was -5 with 49 PMs. Noreau played in all 20 playoff games as the Aeros reached the AHL semifinals. He scored 3 of his 4 goals on the power play and had 7 assists with a -6 plus/minus and 2 PMs.
2009-10: Noreau made his NHL debut in an April game with the Wild after leading the Houston defensemen in scoring and being named to the AHL's Second All-Star Team. Noreau skated just over seven minutes in the Wild's 2-1 shootout win over Calgary in his only NHL appearance. In 76 games for Houston he scored 18 goals with 34 assists and was -7 with 60 PMs. Noreau scored five times on the power play for Houston, which finished last in the West Division, losing 12 times in either overtime or shootouts.
2010-11: Noreau appeared in five games for the Wild and was named to the AHL's First All-Star Team for his play with the Aeros. Noreau joined the Wild in April after Minnesota was eliminated from the playoffs and was scoreless with a -1 plus/minus. In 76 games with the Aeros he scored 10 goals (six on the power play) with 44 assists and was -5 with 58 PMs. Noreau added 2 goals with 10 assists and was -8 with 23 PMs in 24 playoff games as the Aeros advanced to the AHL Finals. Noreau was obtained by the Devils in a trade for forward David McIntyre in June 2011 but then signed a contract with HC Ambri-Piotta of the Swiss A league in August, 2011.
2011-12: Tendered a qualifying offer by the Devils in June 2011, Noreau skated in Switzerland for HC Ambri-Piotta rather than playing in the AHL with Albany. In 44 games in the Swiss A League he scored 7 goals with 23 assists and was minus-one with 22 penalty minutes. Ambri-Piotta was forced to avoid relegation after finishing 11th in the regular season and in 13 relegation games Noreau scored 1 goal with 8 assists and was minus-one.
On the small side for a defenseman, Noreau can do a lot of things offensively from the blue line and is relatively sound in his own end. He can both move the puck well and has a good shot, making him an effective power play quarterback as he has shown in the AHL. Since turning pro, his numbers appear to back up his skill-set.
Noreau hasn’t been given much of a chance to showcase his skills at the NHL level, and won’t get that chance in 2012-13 as he has made the decision to play in Europe. There is no questioning his tools. Perhaps after a year or two in Europe he will get another chance to play in the NHL.