Nelson Nogier
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Nelson Nogier

Hometown:

Saskatoon Saskatchewan

Currently Playing In:

CHL

Birthday:

1996-05-27

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2014

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2014

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

4th round (101st overall), 2014

Weight:

193 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2010-11: Nelson Nogier played midget AA hockey for the Martensville Marauders in Saskatchewan. He was selected by Saskatoon in the fourth round (71st overall) of the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft.

2011-12: Nogier appeared in four WHL games with Saskatoon and played for the Saskatoon Contacts midget team that reached the semifinals of the 2012 Telus Cup. He had no points and was -4 with the Blades. Nogier scored 3 goals with 10 assists and had 42 penalty minutes in 43 regular season games for the Contacts. In 13 SMHL playoff games he had 3 assists and 4 penalty minutes. Nogier had no points and 2 penalty minutes in seven Telus Cup games.

2012-13: Nogier played 55 regular season games and three playoff games (and all four Memorial Cup games) for Saskatoon in his first WHL season and skated for Canada Western in the 2013 U17 World Hockey Challenge. He had 4 assists and was +7 with 8 penalty minutes during the WHLregular season. He played in 3 of 4 games in the Blades’ first round series with Medicine Hat and was +2 with no points and 2 penalty minutes. He had no points nor penalty minutes at the Memorial Cup. He had 1 assist and 4 penalty minutes in five games for Canada Western. Nogier played seven midget games with the Saskatoon Contacts and scored 2 goals with 7 assists.

2013-14: Nogier was named an assistant captain for Saskatoon in his second season with the Blades and was highly-touted as a prospect heading into the season. He appeared in 37 games for the Blades before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury. Nogier scored 1 goal with 5 assists and was minus-2 with 25 penalty minutes. He was selected to Team Cherry for the 2014 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game but missed the game due to his injury. Ranked 93rd amongst North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings, he was selected by Winnipeg in the fourth round (101st overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft. 

Talent Analysis

Nogier is a no-nonsense, stay-at-home defender. While there is not much of an offensive component to his game, he uses size and strength to defend in his own end. An injury during his second season in junior hockey has slowed his development a bit but he is once again back on the ice and logging a lot of ice time. As with many players his size, skating and mobility will constantly be a challenge.

Future

Nogier appears healthy once again following his shoulder surgery and is back with Saskatoon for his third WHL season in 2014-15. One of the younger teams in the league, the Blades have struggled early in the year and as a result Nogier was sporting one of the worst plus-minus marks in the league. A bit of a projection when he was selected by the Jets in the 2014 NHL Draft, his upside is that of a Dan Girardi-type defender who blocks shots and prevents opponents chances.

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