The Rangers have agreed to terms with 2011 5th round draft pick Sam Noreau. The big defenseman (6’5, 223 lbs) just finished his fourth season with the Baie-Comeau Drakkar of the QMJHL, where he put together a line of 7-25-32 in 66 regular season games, and 2-1-3 in 15 postseason games. Through his four years in the Q, Noreau had a line of 18-45-63 in 225 games.
Noreau is one big dude and improved greatly as his years progressed. This season, he served as BAC’s top shutdown defenseman and alternate captain. Like many big defenseman, Noreau needs to work on his skating, but this signing shows how much the kid progressed since his draft year.
The Rangers still have not signed fellow 2011 draftees Shane McColgan (5th) and Peter Ceresnak (6th), and it is unlikely they will do so before the deadline tomorrow, which means they will re-enter the draft.
Although our attention is rightfully on Game Five today, there is one small item that will require Glen Sather’s attention this week. A trio of 2011 draft picks have until June 1 to sign, or else they will become UFAs and free to sign elsewhere. Shane McColgan (4th), Sam Noreau (6th), and Peter Ceresnak (7th) are the three prospects that await word of an offered entry-level contract this week.
McColgan and Noreau are, in my opinion, likely to sign ELCs. The Rangers are thin on prospect depth at the AHL level, and both have proved that they can play well in the CHL. Ceresnak, on the other hand, had a poor year and was actually a healthy scratch for his OHL club for a few games this season.
By this time next week, we will know where the organization stands on these three prospects. My gut feeling is that even if one or all are not tendered ELCs, they will pick up somewhere else.
This feature took a bit of a hiatus due to Sandy, the Nor’easter, and work. But have no fear, it will be back as a daily post starting today.
Sam Noreau is not a noted scorer. He’s a solid defensive defenseman who is counted upon to shut down the opposition. However, this year he is adding some offense to his game. It’s not exactly a surprise to see CHL veterans start adding more offense as they get older. After all, this is a league of teenagers, and as players grow (literally), they start performing better.
Noreau is no different with his offensive numbers, as he tallied a goal and an assist in last night’s 7-1 domination over Shawinigan. That ups his offensive totals to a line of 5-12-17 in just 21 games. As a comparison, this matches Noreau’s output from all of last year in 58 games.
But Noreau isn’t about offensive contributions. He is already a +11 rating this season. Although I am not a fan of that statistic, it does provide some value for players that receive a significant amount of ice time. Noreau is showing vast improvements in his game, which is nice to see.
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