— Ian Goodall, Goodall Media
When the puck drops to start the 2018-19 OHL season the Oshawa Generals will be looking to Serron Noel to be a major contributor.
The 6’5” forward from Nepean is entering his third season with the Gens where he will try to build on his successful 2017-18 campaign.
During his first two OHL seasons, Noel has worked hard to improve his skating stride and mobility and this has had a direct impact on his point output.
In the 2017-18 season he more than doubled his rookie totals finishing the year with 53 points (28 G, 25 A).
Expectations are high for Noel given his overall improvement and the experience he gained during the off-season.
Since the Gens were eliminated from the playoffs in March, Noel has accomplished some significant milestones in his hockey career. The biggest coming last June when he was drafted in the second round (34th overall) by the Florida Panthers.
After the NHL draft, Noel was named to Hockey Canada’s World Junior Summer Showcase roster. The Sport Chek World Junior Showcase features junior prospects from Canada, Finland, Sweden, and the United States who play an eleven game mini-tournament.
This wasn’t the first time he had donned the red and white jersey having previously represented Hockey Canada at the 2018 IIHF U18 World Championship, 2017 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup and the 2016 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.
Each time Noel has played in a major international event, he has showcased his tremendous talent — he led the team in scoring at the 2016 U17 World Hockey Championship, won gold with Hockey Canada at the 2017 Ivan Hlinka Cup, and most recently led Canada in scoring at the U18 World Championships in Russia.
Given all of the success that he has experienced in his first two years with the Generals and in international play, it is clear that he will be looked upon to be one of the leaders both on and off of the ice for the team this season. Noel and the Generals will begin their season on the road when they play the Kingston Frontenacs on September 21st with the home opener taking place on Sunday, September 30th at 6:05 pm.
Congratulations to Serron Noel for being drafted to the Florida Panthers and best of luck to him and the rest of the Gens in their upcoming season.
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