Our T25U25 countdown rolls on with this June’s second round draft pick from the Ontario Hockey League’s Oshawa Generals.
#22: Serron Noel
Position: Right wing
Team: Oshawa Generals
Drafted in 2018, 2nd Round (34th Overall)
Hulking forward Serron Noel was Florida’s second pick at this summer’s draft in Dallas. In his second season in Oshawa, Noel jumped from 8 goals to 28, and from 21 points to 53. The 6’5” winger hasn’t come close to filling out his frame and he’s already pretty large. For his size, Noel is a pretty decent skater. He’s able to pick up speed relatively quickly to gain the zone. This area could use some improvement, but his mixture of size and skating ability is very intriguing.
One of the biggest strengths in Noel’s game is his net-front presence and finishing ability. Noel shot an astounding 26.67% this season and a lot of his goals come from the “dirty areas” of the ice right in front of the net as he is able to tip in, deflect, and bludgeon with the puck, using his soft hands, able to handle it close to pull back and release.
A player with Noel’s type of ability is needed in Sunrise, especially on the power play. Look for Serron to play another year or two in the OHL before he signs an ELC as more time is needed for him to fill out, work on his skating and round out his game. Many had Noel going in the first round, so the Panthers definitely got value of this pick. Let’s wait and see how well it pans out.
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