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Panthers sign forward Serron Noel to an entry-level contract

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A bit of good news on an otherwise dark day

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The Florida Panthers have signed forward Serron Noel to a three-year, entry-level contract.

From the mouth of GM Dale Tallon:

“Serron is a highly skilled, hard-working, young player who we believe has the potential to be an excellent power forward for the Panthers for many years to come”, said Tallon. “At just 18 years of age, his impressive combination of size, speed and character are qualities that have helped him excel this season in Oshawa. We are thrilled to have signed Serron and look forward to his development with the Panthers.”

This season, the 18-year-old has appeared in 62 games with the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League, producing an OHL career-best 32 goals, 43 assists and 75 points. The 6-foot-5, 210-pound native of Ottawa has posted three four-point games, one hat trick and 21 multi-point games this season.

Noel, selected by Florida in the second round (34th overall) of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, has amassed 149 points (68G/81A) in 187 career OHL games.

Earlier this season, he was selected to Team OHL in the 2018 CIBC Canada-Russia Series.