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12-15-2012, 06:32 PM
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Originally Posted by Adam Tilander View Post
So I was talking to someone today about Nathan Noel and they said, "Noel isn't producing anything like MacKinnon was at Shattuck" and I wanted to slap this human. It's a perfect example as to why you don't just look at numbers and think that's all it takes to know who's good and who isn't.

The numbers he's talking about:
Nathan Noel
2012-13 -30GP 8G 18A 26PTS 31PIMS
2011-12 -56GP 45G 59A 104PTS 44PIMS

Nathan MacKinnon
2010-11 - 40GP 45G 48A 93PTS 72PIMS
2009-10 - 58GP 54G 47A 101PTS 56PIMS

As you can see, their first years at Shattuck are very similar with a slight edge going to Noel. Both of those seasons were with the Shattuck St. Mary's Bantam Tier I team. The second season MacKinnon killed it and Noel is only close to point-per-game pace. MASSIVE DIFFERENCE THOUGH! MacKinnon had 93 points on the U16 team, Noel is playing on the prep team. The U16 team was filled with '94 and '95 born players when MacKinnon was there. Noel is on the prep team as the only '97 born with a bunch of '94, '95, and '96 born players.

I cant remember the last underager to play for Shattucks prep team and it seems like a lot of people don't find it impressive. A lot of fans will be surprised come draft time if they can't wrap their heads around it.
I think the last ones to do it were Angelo Esposito and Emerson Etem.
Noel is keeping pace with Esposito, who would have gone first overall in his Q draft had it not been for his apparent NCAA aspirations, and has just about met Etem's season totals in half as many games.

Both of course turned out to be great junior players and first round picks in the NHL.

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