Florida Panthers claim Noah Juulsen off waivers from Montreal

Former first round pick in 2015 added to defense

The Florida Panthers  claimed 23-yer-old defenseman Noah Juulsen off waivers from the Montreal Canadiens.

Juulsen appeared in 13 regular season games with the Laval Rocket of the American Hockey League in 2019-20, producing three assists.

The 6-foot-2, 201-pound native of Surrey, British Columbia, has appeared in 44 career National Hockey League regular season games with Montreal (2017-18 to 2018-19), amassing two goals and eight points. He has played in 47 career AHL regular season games, scoing one goal and nine points (1-8-9).

Originally selected by the Canadiens in the first round (26th overall) of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, Juulsen was a two-time Western Hockey League All-Star and registered 124 points (30G/94A) over 240 career WHL regular season games with the Everett Silvertips (2012-13 to 2016-17).

On the international stage, Juulsen won a Silver Medal with Canada at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship, recording two assists over seven games.

Elite Prospect’s Curtis Joe had this to say about Juuslen back in 2015:

A solid two-way defender, Noah Juulsen is able to force plays and always find ways to support his teammates. Juulsen is a smooth, yet not dynamic skater, and is mobile when he needs to be. Plays with a chip on his shoulder, and isn’t afraid to take the hit to make the play. Sees the ice well and has the individual skills to carry out the possibilities he sees. Very poised with the puck; calm and controls the play with authority. Has good hands. Without the puck and in high-pressure situations, Juulsen tends to overthink things and can try to do a little too much; that will go away with time and maturity. All-in-all, an impactful presence on the ice that strives to be difficult to play against; given how hard he works and how smart he is with the puck, he can be a very difficult player to read with and without the puck.

The Panthers will hold another scrimmage today during practice.