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11-15-2012, 12:44 AM
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Originally Posted by Breakfast of Champs View Post
Has anyone seen Noel play this season? He has 18 points in 21 games on the Shattuck prep team, which is extremely impressive considering he is the only 97 born on a team which includes players up to 94 birth dates.

I know only a handful of players have made the prep team at 15, and that they're household names now.
I watched him three times via the stream I provided earlier, the Allstate exhibition game, and live at the US Nationals.
The streams are grainy, but I think I've gotten a feel for him now and he looks like he'll be a great player.
As some of the older comparisons said, he looks a bit like Nathan MacKinnon, as he's a great skater that plays really hard.
I remember one play in particular against Team Southwest where he grabbed the puck in the neutral zone and sped down the right wing, then turned on the extra gear and powered by the defenseman for a fantastic scoring chance.
It was a good display of his tools and was particularly impressive since he was playing against a bunch of 94's and 95's as a 97 and Minnesota high school hockey is the best in the United States.
He doesn't seem to get a whole lot of ice time, which is no surprise since he's so young, but he's looked good to me.

I'm looking forward to hearing what people who actually get to view him live on a semi-regular basis have to say.
It'd also be interesting to hear how the other big 97 name for the Q draft, Andrew Picco, has been doing.
I saw him last year at Nationals too, but haven't watched any of the webcasts.

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