Noah Rod
Image: Geneve-Servette

Noah Rod

Hometown:

Lausanne Switzerland

Currently Playing In:

Europe

Birthday:

1996-06-07

Position:

RW

Eligible for draft:

2014

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2014

Height:

6-0

Acquired:

2nd round (53rd overall), 2014

Weight:

190 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2010-11: Noah Rod played in seven games with the Lausanne U17 team in Switzerland’s Elite Novizen and had 59 points in 29 games for the Lausanne U15 team. He had no points with 2 penalty minutes in Elite Novizen play and scored 1 goal with 3 assists and 2 penalty minutes in three games with Lausanne’s second U17 team. He scored 33 goals with 26 assists and had 60 penalty minutes for Lausanne’s U15 squad.

2011-12: Rod moved from Lausanne to Geneve Servette — skating for the club’s U20 and U17 squads — and played for Switzerland’s U16 team in international play. He had 1 assist and 14 penalty minutes in 14 regular season Elite Junior A games with the U20 team and had no points with 10 penalty minutes in eight relegation games. Rod scored 11 goals with 24 assists and 46 points for Geneve in U17 Elite Novizen regular season play and scored 2 goals with 4 assists and 8 penalty minutes in six relegation games. He scored 7 goals with 9 assists and 16 penalty minutes in 15 games with the Swiss U16 team.

2012-13: Rod played his first full season in Switzerland’s Elite Junior A league as a 16-year-old and played for Switzerland’s U17 team in the Europe Youth Olympic Festival. He scored 14 goals with 17 assists and 62 penalty minutes in 33 regular season games and had 5 goals with 2 assists and 34 penalty minutes in six games for the Geneve-Servette U20 team. Rod played for the Geneve-Servette U17 team that captured a bronze medal; scoring 7 goals with 8 assists and 14 penalty minutes in 11 games (including five playoff contests). In three games at the EYOF he scored 1 goal with 6 penalty minutes.

2013-14: Rod played for Geneve-Servette in the Swiss National A league and was one of the top scorers for the club’s U20 team. He also skated for Switzerland’s U18 team in the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament and in the 2014 World Junior Championship. Rod scored 1 goals with 2 assists and had an even plus/minus with 8 penalty minutes in 28 regular season games and scored 1 goal with 3 assists and was +3 with 4 penalty minutes in 12 National A playoff games. Rod scored 16 goals with 22 assists and 87 penalty minutes in 33 games (including two playoff games) with Geneve-Servette’s U20 team. He had 1 assist and was +1 with 2 penalty minutes in four Ivan Hlinka tournament games and in five games at the WJC he scored 2 goals with 4 assists and was +8 with 22 penalty minutes. Rod was ranked 27th amongst European skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings and was selected by San Jose in the second round (53rd overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

2014-15: Rod skated in 38 regular season games and 10 playoff contests for Geneve-Servette in his second season in the Switzerland National A league and played for Switzerland in the 2015 World Juniors. He scored 1 goal with 3 assists and was -11 with 22 penalty minutes during the regular season. Geneve finished sixth in the regular season, upsetting third-place Lugano in the playoff quarterfinals before falling to Zurich in six games in the semifinals. Rod scored 2 goals with 1 assist and was -4 with 6 penalty minutes in 10 playoff games. He was tied with fellow Sharks’ prospect Timo Meier for third in scoring for Switzerland at the 2015 WJC, scoring 3 goals with 3 assists and finishing +6 with 2 penalty minutes. Switzerland finished ninth, sweeping the best-of three relegation series with Germany to remain in the top division for 2015-16.

Talent Analysis

Rod is a feisty forward with some offensive instincts and the ability to get under the opposition’s skin. He does not have the pure technical and skating skills of some of the other young prospects from Switzerland and will likely need to add strength and bulk to his frame to play his game at the NHL level. But his combination of skill, drive, and truculence — plus the fact that he’s willing to do anything to help his team win — suggest some upside.

Future

Rod attended the Sharks' prospect camp in the summer and is back in Geneve-Servette for his third season in Switzerland's National A league in 2015-16. He is expected to represent Switzerland in the 2016 World Juniors. Yet to sign an entry-level contract with San Jose, he will continue developing in Switzerland. Long-term, he projects as a Leo Komarov-type agitating forward with some scoring ability.

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