Nolan Valleau

Hometown:

Novi Michigan

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1992-11-15

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2011

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

Height:

6-1

Acquired:

Signed as free agent, 2015

Weight:

175 lbs.

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History

2010-11: Nolan Valleau skated for the Michigan high school Division I state champion Novi Wildcats and was named to the state’s Dream Team. Novi had back-to-back shutouts in the state finals — defeating Lake Orion, 3-0 to reach the championship game and topping Our Lady of St. Mary, 4-0. Valleau was selected by Sioux Falls in the fourth round (55th overall) of the 2011 USHL Entry Draft. 

2011-12: Valleau played junior A hockey in the North American Hockey League, skating in 11 games with the New Mexico Mustangs before returning to Michigan to play for the Port Huron Fighting Falcons. He scored 2 goals with 5 assists and was -5 with 6 penalty minutes with the Mustangs. Valleau scored 4 goals with 20 assists and was +17 with 46 penalty minutes in 42 games for Port Huron. The Fighting Falcons finished first in the North Division, reaching the Robertson Cup finals in the playoffs. Valleau scored 1 goal with no penalties in eight playoff games. Not signed by Sioux Falls, Valleau was selected by Des Moines in the third round (33rd overall) in the 2012 USHL Entry Draft. 

2012-13: Valleau skated in the USHL — playing 37 games for Des Moines before being acquired by the Chicago Steel in January. He scored 5 goals with 13 assists and was -6 with 24 penalty minutes with the Buccaneers. Valleau scored 3 goals with 5 assists and was -9 with 14 penalty minutes in 27 games for Chicago. The Steel finished fifth in the Eastern Conference, trailing Muskegon by 10 points for the final playoff spot. After committing to play hockey at Ohio State in December he de-committed in May 2013 after the Buckeyes made a coaching change; committing to play at Bowling Green. 

2013-14: Valleau attended Bowling Green State University as a freshman but did not appear in any games for the Falcons. 

2014-15: Valleau skated for Bowling Green as a redshirt freshman. He scored 2 goals with 17 assists and was +3 with 35 penalty minutes in 39 games. The Falcons finished third in the WCHA and advanced to the conference tournament semifinals, falling 5-2 to Michigan Tech. Valleau signed a two-year entry-level contract with Chicago in August 2015, foregoing his final three seasons of college  eligibility.

Talent Analysis

Valleau signed with the Blackhawks following one season of college hockey at Bowling Green. He was a solid defender during rookie camp with the Hawks and showed some offensive elements to his game both with the Falcons and in the USHL.

Future

Valleau earned an entry-level contract with the Blackhawks over the summer and began his pro career with the AHL's Rockford IceHogs. Expected to spend most of the season with the IceHogs while making the jump from college to pro hockey, Valleau should provide immediate help at the AHL level and provides depth. The Blackhawks have several high profile defense prospects in their system and Valleau will have a challenge to crack the lineup in Chicago one day.

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