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Player Profile – Nathan Noel
With the Saint John Sea Dogs in a rebuilding year, they have started searching across Canada for talent to help them return to their form of 2009-2012 run that saw them win the President Cup twice in three years.
One of the new players added to the roster is a St. John’s native, Nathan Ward, selected third overall in the 2013 QMJHL draft. Ward’s path to the Sea Dogs started after he spent two seasons in Faribault, Minnesota where he scored 45 goals and added 59 assists in the 2011-12 season in just 56 games at the Batam T1 level.
Noel was also one of the players invited to the Team Atlantic selection camp for the World Under 17 Championships scheduled to take place in December 2013. He indicates that the experience this brought to him was enormous but he said he didn’t take anything for granted, working hard with each day of camp.
Seen as a good skater, Noel understands what he is expected to bring to the Sea Dogs as he starts the 2013-2014 season. With a high energy and slick skating style, he knows that he has to play more attention to his two-way game and step up on his defensive role.
So far in the 2013-2014 season with the Sea Dogs, Noel has picked up 24 points with 11 goals and 14 assists in 35 games. He’s an unimpressive -21 which adds emphasis to the point he has to work more on his defensive play as he recognizes.
He touts the following as his favourites:
Band: Imagine Dragons
Movie: The Longest Yard
Book: He passed
TV Show: Big Brother
NHL team: Buffalo Sabres
Hockey player: Claude Giroux
Nathan Noel is being heralded as a future prospect and the development he will obtain through the Saint John Sea Dogs in the QMJHL will surely help this Newfoundland hockey player.