Maxim Noreau

by Hayden Soboleski on May 7, 2016
Noreau headshot - courtesy of ESPN

 

Maxim Noreau, D

Shoots: R

Height: 6-0

Weight: 195

Born: 1987-05-24

Hometown: Montreal, QC, CAN

Drafted: Undrafted- Signed as free agent

 

Observations:

May 2016 – Maxim Noreau has commited to playing in Switzerland for 2016-17. It's hard to blame him – after two very productive AHL cmpaigns (most recently 45 points in 61 games), the Avs never called him up. He remains an offensively talented d-man and his two-year contract allows for an NHL return next season if desired, so his fantasy value isn't quite dead. Not worth an own by any means though. Hayden Soboleski

 

February 2016 – Noreau is quietly having an excellent year for San Antonio, sitting third among AHL defencemen with 33 point (9G, 24A. 25PIM, even plus-minus) in 39 games. The veteran defender has served as an Assistant captain for the club this season, his last remaining on his current contract. He possess an excellent shot, good passing vision, and though he isn't a "shutdown defenceman" type, he certainly isnt a liability defensively. Normally Noreau would have earned an NHL look by now, but the Avs have far too many fringe NHL defenders for it to be that easy. Given his two consecutive strong seasons, he will surely be looking for some NHL ice-time in 2016-17. Hayden Soboleski

 

June 2015 – In his first season back in the AHL, Noreau’s offensive talents honed in the Swiss league translated well for Lake Erie. With 30 points (eight goals, 22 assists, 29 PIM) in 39 games, Noreau was a welcomed veteran on the blue line before a shoulder injury requiring surgery ended his season. Not just relying on his offensive talents and booming shot, his defensive play has improved notably. He risks losing ice time next season to younger players needing experience, but his solid play should keep Noreau in the AHL lineup and put him high on the list when call-up opportunities arise. Hayden Soboleski

 

September 2014 – Maxim Noreau, was signed by the Avalanche July 7, 2014 to a two-year 1.25 million dollar contract, ending his three year stint with Ambri-Piota of the Swiss League A League. A former prospect of the Minnesota Wild, Noreau only saw NHL action in a total of six games in the 2010 season, before deciding to test his luck overseas in 2011-2012. During his three year stay with Ambri-Piota Noreau posted nearly a point per game and has steadily improved in the defensive zone year after year. Noreau saw time in the lineup for the Avs annual burgundy and white game where he displayed his heavy shot, solid defensive coverage, and poise in the defensive zone and offensive zone. Aron Arenas

 

Fantasy Outlook: C

A solid contributor, especially offensively, Noreau can be a useful veteran presence in the AHL with the potential to steal a depth NHL spot if the opportunity arises.

 

Footage:

Maxim Noreau amazing goal:

 

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