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Fantasy Summary

Big power winger with very good skating ability and decent hands. A long-term project with top-nine upside at least. Upcoming years will reveal more about his offensive ceiling.


Observations

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October 2021 – Noel may have just been cut from the Panthers training camp and sent back down to the Checkers in the AHL, but his stock has shot up over the last couple of weeks. After a preseason game against Dallas during which he scored one of his trademark crash-and-bang goals while parked in front of the crease, Noel began practicing with the main group of roster players — an excellent sign that the coaching staff sees near-term potential in him. When asked to comment on how various players were performing in camp, Coach Quenneville stated that Noel had “more pace to his game and his conditioning has been way elevated.” If he continues this committed, professional approach to his off-ice preparations and keeps using his size to his advantage at the AHL level, expect him to get more looks with the Panthers before too much longer. Ben Gehrels

August 2021 – Noel is an intriguing beast of a prospect — a 6-5, 216 lbs power forward who skates well and has good hands in tight. After a slight scoring decline in his final OHL season (1.19 –> 0.98 point-per-game), the 21-year old scored four points in eight games this year for the Syracuse Crunch with limited ice time. After making a splash with a fight in his first AHL game, his first pro goal — a tip-in while planted in front — seems characteristic of what Noel can bring: a strong net-front presence who injects speed in transitions and physicality every time he steps on the ice. He will be a long wait for fantasy owners: a year or two more in the AHL and then around 400 NHL games to hit his Breakout Threshold as a big man. When he does arrive, his upside is peak Wayne Simmonds (30-30, 150+ hits). Ben Gehrels

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June 2020 – The 2020-21 season will be a crucial one for Noel’s development. This past season saw a dip in his production which might be a red flag for some. However, too much concern towards Noel’s projection as a quality NHLer is premature. He was on pace for a 25 to 30 goal season before being traded to Kitchener. Of course, a transition period needs to be factored in for players who are traded and things were no different for Noel. This upcoming season should be his first professional year, likely in the AHL, and both the Panthers and fantasy owners will get a better sense of what kind of player Noel is going to be at the pro level. If Noel can put forth a productive season in the AHL, expect him to be a legitimate contender for an NHL roster spot in 2021-22. John Gove

 

April 2020 – Noel really took some giant steps forward, this season, taking his game to the next level as a two-way forward. The knock against him was always his skating but he’s developed some good edges and an explosive first step. If he continues to develop the same way, fantasy owners are looking at a consistent member of their line-up. Keith Fries

 

December 2018 – Noel didn’t get invited to Canada’s World Junior Championship camp. Noel is having a great season in the OHL – 16 goals and 33 points in 28 games – but Canada has lots of depth up front. Noel is still eligible for the tournament next year, and it’s very likely he’s going to be pushing for a spot at that point.  Jokke Nevalainen

 

September 2018 – Noel was part of the first wave of cuts from the Panthers’ training camp which is not surprising considering he’s just 18 years old. He’ll return to the OHL for his third season in major junior, and he should get some consideration for the World Juniors as well. Patience is needed with this big and skilled power forward.  Jokke Nevalainen

 

June 2018 – Noel was drafted 34th overall by the Florida Panthers. Noel is very raw as a prospect and no one really knows where his ceiling is at this point. A long-term project but has great tools which could make him a special player. Noel has drawn some comparisons to Blake Wheeler. That might set expectations a bit high for him but it’s also good to remember that Wheeler didn’t crack 60 points until seven years after he was drafted.  Jokke Nevalainen

 

March 2018 – Often the knock on a 17-year-old that is 6-5 and over 200 pounds is their skating. That is not the case with Noel as he has developed his skating stride quickly and has a powerful stride that propels him with tremendous velocity, agility and grace. Noel placed first at the CHL Top Prospects Scouting Combine in On-Ice Testing for 30M Forward Skate. In combination to his skating and size, Noel also possess soft hands and good hand-eye coordination making him a dangerous offensive player. Despite his size and strength, he is not an overly aggressive or physical player as he is working at defining himself as a skill player rather than a tough guy. Noel started his draft year with a spot on Team Canada at the Ivan Hlinka, and had a strong performance at the CHL Top Prospects game in his hometown of Guelph. Noel has been a steady riser all year debuting on the NHL Central Scouting Player to Watch List with a B grade to start the year, which some thought was generous at the time, to scoring an A ranking at the Mid-Season ranking and now is widely considered to be a first round pick. Peter Harling

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 6.8
NHL Certainty 7.0
Country CAN
Position RW
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth August 8, 2000
Height 6‘5”
Weight 209 lbs
Drafted 2018 Round 2; Overall: 34

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2012-2013 Ottawa Myers Automotive U14 AAAHEO U141 0 00 0|        
 2013-2014 Ottawa Myers Automotive U14 AAAHEO U1426 8 614 52|Playoffs4 0 22
  Ottawa Senators U15 AAAHEO U152 1 01 0|        
 2014-2015 Ottawa Senators U15 AAAHEO U1524 11 1223 28|Playoffs14 6 713 24 
  Ottawa Senators U16 AAAOEHL U161 0 00 0|        
  Ottawa Senators U15 AAABig Nickel Bantam4 1 23 0|        
 2015-2016 Brockville Braves U18 AAAHEO U1845 17 1128 75|Playoffs QC2 2 02
  Team HEO OGC-165 2 24 10|        
 2016-2017 Oshawa GeneralsOHL63 8 1321 52|Playoffs9 1 23
  Canada Red U17WHC-175 1 34 15|        
 2017-2018 Canada U18Hlinka Gretzky Cup5 1 01 2|        
  Oshawa GeneralsOHL62 28 2553 61|Playoffs5 0 11 12 
  Canada U18WJC-185 2 46 8|        
 2018-2019 Oshawa GeneralsOHL68 34 4781 54|Playoffs14 4 711 18 
  OHL All-StarsJr Super Series1 0 00 0|        
 2019-2020 Oshawa GeneralsOHL28 13 1629 16|        
  Kitchener RangersOHL20 5 1318