The Philadelphia Flyers had three draft picks in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft: Andreas Nodl, Michael Ratchuk, and Denis Bodrov. Both Ratchuk and Bodrov never played a game in the NHL, but Nodl turned out to be a serviceable player for Philly for a few seasons. Picked before a lengthy list of productive players later in the second round, such as Milan Lucic and Keith Seabrook, Nodl is struggling to make it in the NHL as a 26-year-old winger.
After finishing his second season at St. Cloud State University in 2007-2008, Nodl joined the Philadelphia Phantoms for a trio of contests. After he potted a goal in his first three games in the AHL, the forward recorded one goal while taking part in 10 of the team’s 12 postseason games in 2008.
Nodl saw his first NHL action in the 2008-2009 season, as he took part in 39 games with the Phantoms and 38 games with the Flyers. He had six goals and 14 helpers in the AHL, along with 20 PIMs. In the AHL postseason, Nodl had an assist in four games.
His first NHL game was the Flyers’ 7-6 shootout loss to the San Jose Sharks on October 22nd, 2008. The forward managed to register his first point in the NHL with the lone assist on Mike Richards’ fourth goal of the season in the first period of the loss. He was also minus-2 in 15:13 TOI.
Nodl’s first goal in the NHL, and only tally in the 2008-2009 campaign, came in a 6-4 Philly victory over the Ottawa Senators on December 23rd. His marker made it 4-2 a few minutes before the midway point of the tilt (go to 2:24).
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Along with the Flyers and Phantoms, Nodl also suited up for Austria in 2009, as he represented his home country in the IIHF World Championship. The winger had one assist and a minus-2 rating in four games, as Austria finished 14th in the 16-team field.
The 2009-2010 season was a bit of a downgrade for Nodl, has he spent most of his time with the Phantoms. With 14 goals and 20 helpers in 65 games, the Austrian skater finished tied for fifth on the team in points with Stefan Legein.
As for time in the NHL during 2009-2010, Nodl spent all of 10 tilts with the Flyers during the regular season and produced a minus-2 rating. His lone point for the whole year came on a secondary assist on Scott Hartnell’s goal in an 8-2 loss to the Washington Capitals in Peter Laviolette’s debut as the Flyers’ coach on December 5th, 2009.
Despite playing 10 NHL games during the regular season, Nodl took part in 10 postseason games for the Flyers on their way to the Stanley Cup Finals. Helping to fulfill ice time after both Jeff Carter and Ian Lapierrere went down with injuries early in the 2010 postseason, Nodl took part in all seven games of the Orange and Black’s comeback against the Boston Bruins, as well as three tilts against the Montreal Canadiens.
Nodl spent the entire 2010-2011 campaign with the Flyers, as he suited up in 67 games for the Orange and Black. After he had a total of five points across his first two seasons with playing time in the NHL, Nodl had 11 goals and 11 helpers.
He enjoyed a five-game point streak with two goals and three assists from October 30th to November 13th. The skater also racked up three two-point games, as he had a trio of tilts with a goal and an assist. He had two-point contests in the Flyers’ 6-1 win over the Minnesota Wild on November 24th, Philly’s 4-2 decision over the Florida Panthers on February 16th, and the Flyers’ 5-4 shootout loss to the Caps on March 22nd.
Before the 2011-2012 season, Nodl signed a two-year contract where he earned $845,000 each season.
After just 12 games with the Flyers in the 2011-2012 campaign, Nodl was placed on waivers in late November and picked up by the Carolina Hurricanes. In the 48 games he played in as a Hurricane in 2011-2012 the forward produced three goals and four helpers in 48 tilts, as Carolina finished 12th in the Eastern Conference.
As several players did during the lockout in 2012, Nodl joined another squad until the NHL returned to action. The forward returned to Austria to play for HC Innsbruck in the Erste Bank Eishockey Liga. He potted four goals and produced 11 assists in 17 games before he returned to North America.
Nodl failed to produce a single goal in eight games with the Hurricanes this year, as he also had five points in six games with the Charlotte Checkers in the AHL.
Unfortunately for Nodl, he was one of five players to not receive a qualifying offer from the Hurricanes and is currently a free agent. Another one of the five players to be released by Carolina was Luke Pither, the prospect Philly traded to Carolina in exchange for Brian Boucher and Mark Alt.