After an impressive showing this season for the Ontario Hockey League’s Oshawa Generals, the National Hockey League’s Florida Panthers announced on Friday afternoon the signing of forward Serron Noel to a three-year, entry-level contract.
The agreement was made official through a club announcement from the Panthers while Gavin Lee of ProHockeyRumors.com was next to add further detail to it, noting that if Noel doesn’t make the Panthers out of training camp in September, he will not be allowed to play in the AHL and would be expected to return to the OHL for another season.
The three-year deal is set to take Noel through the conclusion of the 2021-2022 regular season, meanwhile, it is set to kick in at the beginning of the 2019-20 regular season.
In taking a look at Serron Noel, the 18-year-old native of Ottawa, Ontario has scored 32 goals and 43 assists, making for 75 points registered in 62 games played. He also adds 50 penalty minutes and a Plus/Minus rating of 12 to his resume.
As for the entirety of his OHL career as a whole, the right-handed right-winger has scored 68 goals and 81 assists, making for 149 points registered in 187 games played. He also adds 163 penalty minutes and a Plus/Minus rating of 1 to his resume.
Noel was originally selected by the Florida Panthers in the second round (34th overall) of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. Since then, he has seen time playing with the Oshawa Generals of the OHL and is yet to make his much anticipated NHL debut in the foreseeable future ahead.
Following his first two years with the Oshawa Generals in Southern Ontario, Noel was selected to Team OHL in the 2018 CIBC Canada-Russia Series and could very well receive an invitation to compete in this year’s World Juniors Championship as well.
In a statement from general manager Dale Tallon with regards to the deal, he said, “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. 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.”
Following their 7-1 win over the North Bay Battalion on Friday night, the Oshawa Generals return to action on Saturday afternoon at TD Place Arena as they pay a visit to the Ottawa 67’s at 3:30pmET. The game can be seen on OHL Live, meanwhile, it can be heard on TSN Radio 1200 Ottawa.