Serron Noel Drafted in the Second Round to the Florida Panthers
Generals highest ranked player in this year’s draft, Serron Noel has been selected by the Florida Panthers as their second round selection. Noel was taken 34th overall in the 2018 Entry draft held in Dallas, TX.
“Very excited for Serron to be drafted to the Panthers. His game has come along way in the last two years and I think he’s is know where near his ceiling yet of developing into a great player” said Vice President and General Manager Roger Hunt. “I’m excited that he’s been drafted, and this is the next step along the way for him becoming a young professional.”
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 with fellow teammates Nico Gross and McShane.
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 represented his country multiple times 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.
Congratulations to Serron Noel on joining the Florida Panthers organization as he takes the next steps to begin his NHL career.