NHL Draft 2018 Preview: Serron Noel
Noel was selected by the Oshawa Generals in the 2nd round, 25th overall in the 2016 OHL Priority Selection. This season he more than doubled his point totals from the previous year (28 G + 25 A = 53 PTS) and climbed the NHL draft rankings in the process.
Taking part in the Sherwin Williams Top Prospects game in Guelph leading up to the draft, Noel suited up for Team Orr with Gens teammate Allan McShane and notching a goal during the contest. In early June, he attended the NHL Scouting Combine in Buffalo and finished ranked 10th for North American Skaters in the NHL Central Scouting final draft rankings.
NHL Central Scouting describes Noel as a big, strong power forward who demonstrates good hockey intelligence and a soft touch around the net; has “puck on a string” abilities; – possesses a multi-dimensional skill set where he can make plays on the rush while using his size, strength and pull away speed to beat defenders wide or out of corners – could have the best puck protection game in this draft class – a rare and valuable blend of size, skill and speed.
Noel has appeared multiple times representing his country with Hockey Canada at international tournaments. He played in the U17 World Hockey Championship on Team Canada Red, leading the team in points with four, won gold with Hockey Canada at the Ivan Hlinka last August and most recently played for Canada at the U18 World Championships in Russia, again leading the team in scoring.
The NHL Draft will take place in Dallas, Texas June 22nd and 23rd 2018. Stay tuned to the Generals social media for draft coverage during the weekend.