Which other prospects could one day join Derek Stepan, Ryan McDonagh and the rest of the young Rangers on Broadway?
Blueshirt Bulletin will be tracking the progress of the next wave of youngsters as they compete and develop this season in the Canadian junior leagues, college and abroad.
Below is a compilation of scouting reports, buzz and analysis by scouts and hockey experts on Samuel Noreau.
We’ll update this as the season unfolds with the latest news at the bottom of this post.
Drafted: 2011 – 5th Round (136th Overall)
HT: 6' 5"
Team: Baie Comeau, QMJHL
2009-2010 stats: 1g, 3a, 34gp, 17 PIM
2010-2011 stats: 5g, 5a, 67gp, 141 PIM
Blueshirts United Draft Interview where Noreau says he wants to play like Chris Pronger.
NHL.com Draft Profile
Scouting report entering the season from Blueshirt Bulletin
staff writer and author of The
Prospect Park, Jess Rubenstein:
“We have settled on a nickname for 6'5 225 lb defenseman
Samuel Noreau (NYR 2011 5th) as watching him play for the Baie-Commeau Drakkar
only one name fits. We are calling Noreau "Thor" because when Noreau
throws his body around, he is hammering them.
Repeat after us "In Gordie We Trust" as we had our doubts in
selecting Noreau but "Thor" is showing us that he is a whole lot more
than just a fighter. The first pair defender on the Drakker, Noreau registered
his 2nd assist in as many games as the Drakkar defeated the Prince Edward
Island Rocket 6-1. Noreau got the
primary assist on the Drakkar's 5th goal as the surprise team of the QMJHL won
their 5th straight game. Noreau in addition to his assist also recorded a
"good" hit and was a +1 with 4 PIMs.” (10/2/11)
What the critics are saying:
Red Line Report: “One Quebec League player who is quietly generating some interest is Samuel Noreau. He's a huge defenseman at 6-5, 215 pounds, and one of the top fighters in the league. He has OK mobility and decent skill, but doesn't get many viewings on a bad Baie Comeau club without any skilled players to watch. But Noreau could develop into a tough-as-nails #5-6 blue-liner. He hasn't broken into our top 100 yet, but we'd venture a guess that some team might grab him as high as the third round based on need and team philosophy.” (2/18/11)
Bruins 2011 Draft Watch: “Noreau is a 6-5, 215-pound tough-as-nails punisher who doesn't have much in the way of high-end skill, but has the size and nastiness to be a shutdown guy in time. He's not a bad skater, though needs to work on his lateral movement and pivots/turns like many big players on D. This dude can really fight, too. With his size and strength, he ragdolls guys and stands in and throws them against the tougher comers/enforcers in the Q. (Noreau is #8 in the red and white)
He gets very little notice on a poor team, but stay-at-home guys with legitimate toughness are always in demand on NHL teams' bottom pairing, and Noreau is someone who, with the right amount of patience and developmental time in the minors, could evolve into a functional 6th/7th in time.” (2/27/11)
Hockey's Future: “Noreau is a huge, hard-nosed, stay-at-home blueliner who likes to take the body, as well as drop the gloves and intimidate to protect his teammates. Questions exist, however, as to his skating, positioning and hockey sense.”
SNY Rangers Blog: “Noureau is another defenseman in the Dylan McIlrath mold. A shutdown guy who is tough and fights. McColgan has some interesting skill and a nice story being from California. The Rangers have had some nice success with mid-round guys, he could be another.” (6/25/11)
Hockey's Future: “The New York Rangers were another team that may have gotten good value for a later round selection as the second of their two fifth round selections, Samuel Noreau, turned in a solid performance for the runner-up squad at this tournament (the Buffalo Sabres defeated the Rangers in the championship game, 5-2). The 6-5 Noreau isn't afraid to use his big frame while defending in his own end, but he showed that he is more than just a big bodied, stay-at-home-defenseman.” (9/16/11)
The Prospect Park: “Just one prospect saw action on Tuesday night and we have to admit that Samuel Noreau is doing more and more with each passing game to raise his stock with us. Noreau had a secondary assist on the game's first goal and added a +3 to help his Baie-Comeau Drakkar to a 6-1 win over the Victoriaville Tigre.
Noreau a 6'5 225 defenseman showed us a pretty good game at Traverse City continued his play in his return to the Drakkar. Remember all that talk about how the Drakkar have been one of the worst teams in the QMJHL the last couple of years?
Well skip that as the Drakkar are currently the best team in the QMJHL with a 6-1 record on their 4th straight win. The team who's name in French means Viking ship is on fire and we hope to see them keep it up.” (9/28/11)
The Prospect Park: “The Mighty Thor AKA Samuel Noreau (NYR 2011 5th) had an assist to set a new career high in assists as his Baie-Comeau Drakkar continued to roll winning via the shoot out 5-4 over the Chicoutimi Sangueens.
If we were to name a prospect who is most improved then right now Noreau deserves serious consideration. While 0-6-6 +7 is not going to change the world; when you factor in that Noreau has gone from goon to starting defenseman then it is a very good start.
Noreau is one of the reasons why the Drakkar have gone from QMJHL cellar dwellers to the 2nd best record in the league at 11-4. Last season the Drakkar were 21-40-4-3 17th out of 18 teams with a goal differential of -110 (currently +30).” (10/23/11)
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