Nathan Noel
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Nathan Noel

Hometown:

St. John's Newfoundland

Team:

QMJHL

Currently Playing In:

CHL

Birthday:

1997-06-21

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2015

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

Height:

5-11

Acquired:

Eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft

Weight:

172 lbs.

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History

2011-12: Nathan Noel attended Shattuck-St. Mary’s School in Faribault, Minnesota, skating for the school’s bantam team. He had 104 points in 56 games.

2012-13: Noel played for the Shattuck-St. Mary’s U16 team in his second season in Faribault. He skated for Canada Atlantic in the 2013 World Hockey Challenge and played for Team Newfoundland in the Quebec U16 games. In 46 games for the Sabres he scored 10 goals with 30 assists and 41 penalty minutes. Shattuck-St. Mary’s reached the USA Hockey U16 Nationals, finishing with a record of 32-17-6. Noel had 2 assists with 14 penalties in five games for Team Atlantic. He scored 2 goals with 3 assists and was -2 with 6 penalty minutes in five games for Team Newfoundland. Noel was selected by Saint John in the first round (third overall) in the QMJHL Entry Draft and was chosen by Watleroo in the 21st round (312th overall) in the 2013 USHL Entry Draft.

2013-14: Noel decided to play major junior hockey – skating in 63 games for the Saint John Sea Dogs as a 16-year-old — and was an assistant captain for Canada Atlantic at the 2014 World Hockey Challenge. Noel was the Sea Dogs’ third-leading scorer behind Oliver Cooper and Matthew Highmore. tallying 16 goals with 23 assists, and was -31 with 31 penalty minutes. St. John had the QMJHL’s second-worst record, finishing last in the Maritimes Division and missing the playoffs.

2014-15: Noel led the much-improved Sea Dogs in scoring and played for the bronze medal-winning Canada U18 team at the 2015 World Juniors in Switzerland. He scored 24 goals with 38 assists in 66 regular season games and had an even plus/minus with 61 penalty minutes. Saint John finished third in the Maritimes Division, falling to Baie-Comeau in a first-round series. Noel scored 5 goals with 2 assists and was -3 with 6 penalty minutes in five playoff games. He had 2 assists and was +1 in seven games at the WJC. Canada defeated host Switzerland in the bronze medal game. Noel was invited to the NHL Prospects Combine and was ranked 54th amongst North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings prior to the 2015 NHL Draft.

Talent Analysis
Noel is a diminutive center, but he makes up for it with his elusiveness and blazing speed. He’s also quite strong on his skates, using his lower-body strength to spin off checks. He has great vision but is by no means a great goal scorer; that said, he can get up and down the ice quicker than most players in junior.

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