Fresh off signing a three year entry-level contract with the Chicago Blackhawks earlier in the day, 19 year-old Nathan Noel went out and played the game of his life in a 4-0 playoff victory for the QMJHL’s Saint John Sea Dogs. Noel had a goal and an assist in the contest and was named the game’s first star.
The Sea Dogs semifinal series against the Chicoutimi Sagueneens was tied at 2 heading into last night’s pivot game 5, but Noel’s electric performance has blown the door wide open for the Sea Dogs and they now have a very real possibility of making it to the QMHJL final. Noel has done his part, with 8 points in 13 playoff games this postseason.
The slick skating winger was chosen in the fourth round (13th overall) by the Hawks in last summer’s NHL Entry Draft and put up 24 goals and 50 points in 52 games this season with Saint John. His new contract kicks in next season and it’s expected that the four year QMJHL veteran will turn pro and join either the Blackhawks or their AHL affiliate in Rockford for next season.