With the 118th pick in the 2011 draft, Flyers select forward Marcel Noebels of the WHL’s Seattle Thunderbirds.
Birthdate: March 14, 1992
Birthplace: Tonisvorst, Germany
Noebels posted 54 points (28G, 26A) in 66 games in his rookie season for the Thunderbirds. He also played for Germany at the 2011 U-20 World Junior Championship this past season. He posted 3 points (1G, 2A) in 6 games there.
Noebels was named the Thunderbirds’ player of the week on September 24. At the WJC, he was named the U20 WJC Top 3 Player on Team.
At the age of 14, he racked up 94 points (58G, 36A) in 28 games for the ’07 the Eisbären Juniors Berlin U16 team.
Noebels was drafted 10th overall by the Thunderbirds in the 2010 CHL import draft. He was passed over in the 2010 NHL draft.
“Noebels has adjusted pretty well, and he’s positioning himself better in the second half of the season,” Central Scouting’s B.J. MacDonald told NHL.com. “He’s got nice size and awareness, displays playmaking capabilities though he doesn’t have much to work with in Seattle. His work habits are good and not too many bad habits have crept into his play on a bad team, which is a good sign. I like the way he thinks, but he must improve his foot speed. … He has a scoring touch.”
He was ranked 49th overall among North American Skaters by Central Scouting.
Dan swallows writes this about Noebels:
Noebels is a decent skater and very mobile for his size, he has excellent hands and utilizes his reach all over the ice, and his vision and offensive instincts are top-notch.
As a player who stood out on a bad team, he reminds me of Sergei Bobrovsky and, perhaps, Marc-Andre Bourdon. This sounds like the type of player the Flyers like to target.
It sounds like Noebels could be a decent pickup in the fourth round. If he can improve his skating abilities, he may turn out to be a real gem.