Noah Juulsen
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Noah Juulsen

Hometown:

Abbotsford British Columbia

Currently Playing In:

CHL

Birthday:

1997-04-02

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2015

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2015

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

1st round (26th overall), 2015

Weight:

174 lbs.

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History

2011-12: Noah Juulsen skated for the Abbotsford Hawks bantam team in British Columbia and was selected by Everett in the fourth round (70th overall) of the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft.

2012-13: Juulsen made his WHL debut — skating in a March 17th game with the Everett Silvertips after playing for the midget AAA Fraser Valey Thunderbirds. He was -1 with no points nor penalties in his only WHL game. Juulsen scored 6 goals with 19 assists and 24 penalty minutes in 35 regular season games for the Thunderbirds.

2013-14: Juulsen played in 59 regular season games for the Everett Silvertips in his first WHL season and played for Canada Pacific in the 2014 U17 World Hockey Challenge. He scored 2 goals with 8 assists and was +12 with 32 penalty minutes. Everett finished third in the U.S. Division, falling to Seattle in a first-round playoff series. Juulsen was -3 with no points and 2 penalty minutes in three playoff games.

2014-15: Juulsen was the 10th-leading scorer amongst WHL defensemen in his second season with Everett. In 68 regular season games he scored 9 goals with 43 assists and was +22 with 42 penalty minutes. The Silvertips finished first in the U.S. Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Juulsen had 1 assist and was +5 with 8 penalty minutes in six playoff games. He skated for Team Cherry in the 2015 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game and was ranked 22nd amongst North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings. Montreal selected Juulsen in the first round (26th overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft. 

2015-16: Juulsen signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Canadiens in July 2015 and attended Montreal’s training camp before returning to the Everett Silvertips for his third WHL season. He skated for the WHL All-Stars in the Subway Series against Russia in November. Juulsen scored 7 goals with 21 assists and had an even plus/minus with 37 penalty minutes in 63 regular season games. The Silvertips finished second to Seattle in the U.S. Division, sweeping Portland in the first round before falling to the Thunderbirds. Juulsen had 2 assists and was -1 with 10 penalty minutes in six playoff games. Juulsen scored 1 goal and was +3 in two games for the WHL all-stars but did not skate for Canada at the World Juniors.

Talent Analysis

His skating is one of his strong suits; he has a fluid stride and excellent pivoting that covers a large area. Although he is not the fastest guy out there, he is efficient with his pacing and extremely intelligent. He also moves the puck well at high speed, showing confidence and poise. His passing is both precise and quick, and both his slap shot and wrist shot are hard and accurate. Where he falters is in his own end. He is efficient with using physicality and aggression to separate the puck from a player and clearing the crease, but his tendency to cross the line and take undisciplined penalties has been noted.

Future

Juulsen signed an entry-level contract with Montreal before returning to Everett for his third WHL season in 2015-16. With several veteran players moving on from junior hockey, Juulsen was pushed into a more prominent defensive role for the Silvertips. While his offense numbers dipped as a result, the experience should serve him well when he makes the jump from junior to the pro game. Juulsen projects as a two-way defender with some offensive flare to his game.

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