MIDTERMS: Noah Carroll (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, Ontario Hockey League)

MIDTERMS: Noah Carroll (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, Ontario Hockey League)

Noah Carroll 2016-17 season capsule After a tough 2015-16 season on an undermanned Guelph Storm blue line in 2015-16, Noah Carroll looked to rebound in 2016-17 and lead a better defense. He played 32 games with Guelph in 2016-17 notching 2 goals and 11 assists and improving his plus minus significantly from minus 48 during the challenging 2015-16 campaign to plus 2 in nearly half of a season in 2016-17. He was traded near the trade deadline to the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds where he has settled into a second pairing role and collected 5 points in his first 13 games with his new team.   Mid-season thoughts on Noah Carroll from Brock Otten from OHL Prospects Brock Otten (Twitter=@BrockOtten) is the man behind OHL Prospects, a blog that has covered the OHL extensively since 2008. Here you’ll find draft rankings, player bios, interviews, and other OHL related news.   Canes and Coffee: How would you summarize Noah Carroll’s 2016-17 season with the Guelph Storm before his trade on January 6? Brock Otten: Carroll’s time with Guelph to start the year could be characterized by the word “inconsistent.” I thought he started the year pretty well and looked refreshed and confident in the early going. But as Guelph’s losses started to pile up, Carroll’s game began to slip a bit. At times, he looked visibly frustrated out there by his inability to turn things around. Bad passes, bad pinches and some of the decision making issues that plagued him last year crept back into his game. In essence, he looked like a guy trying to do too much for...
Noah Carroll – Diamond in the Guelph?

Noah Carroll – Diamond in the Guelph?

On Tuesday, the Carolina Hurricanes prospects who went 3-0 in the round robin play will play in the championship game of the Traverse City NHL prospects tournament. I wrote a brief recap from the first 2 games HERE and then a recap of the third game HERE. My count says that the Hurricanes prospect roster features seven players who were selected in either the first or the second round. It also features a few other mid-round picks who have tracked well and are considered promising NHL prospects at this point in their development. Playing largely against players their own age, those higher-end prospects are expected to be at the top of the class in this tourney. But the prospect tourney also offers the chance for wild cards selected late in the draft from where few NHL players emerge to boost their stock. Hopefully I do not jinx him by writing this article before the tourney finale, but I am beginning to think that the Hurricanes found a diamond in the rough with their seventh round pick in the 2016 NHL draft.   Why he was available in the seventh round Before the start of the 2015-16 season, many scouts and analysts had Noah Carroll as a mid-round pick to be drafted as early as the third round. But he had a tough 2015-16 season. I think it is important to understand the circumstances surrounding that as a starting point for understanding why he was available in the seventh round and why that could turn out to be a steal. Brock Otten from OHL Prospects spoke about his challenging situation...
BACK TO SCHOOL: Noah Carroll (Guelph Storm)

BACK TO SCHOOL: Noah Carroll (Guelph Storm)

Canes and Coffee’s ‘back to school’ series profiling Hurricanes prospects below the AHL level features interviews from knowledgeable sources including coaches, former coaches and scouts/analysts who watch the players regularly.   Menu of Carolina Hurricanes prospect profiles thus far In case you missed them, here are links to the previous Hurricanes prospect profiles: Matt Filipe (Northeastern University) Jack LaFontaine (University of Michigan) Max Zimmer (University of Wisconsin) David Cotton (Boston College) Luke Stevens (Yale University) Steven Lorentz (Peterborough Petes)   Today’s article features Noah Carroll. Carroll was the Hurricanes sixth round draft pick in the 2016 NHL draft. The mobile defenseman will return to the Guelph Storm of the Ontario Hockey League for the 2016-17 season.   Comments on Noah Carroll from Guelph Storm coach Jarrod Skalde Jarrod Skalde was named the head coach of the Guelph Storm in December of the 2015-16 season. His accomplishments and experience prior to coaching the Storm include winning ECHL coach of the year with the Cincinnati Cyclones and working as both an assistant and then head coach the AHL level for the Norfolk Admirals. Coach Skalde’s full bio can be found on the Guelph Storm web page.   Canes and Coffee: How would you describe Noah Carroll’s game in 3-4 sentences. What are his strengths? Guelph Storm head coach Jarrod Skalde: Noah’s greatest strength is his skating and his ability to separate himself from the opposition. He has an effortless stride that allows him to cover a lot of ground on the ice. His first pass is an asset along with his Hockey IQ. Noah plays a skill game but will engage when...
Profile and reading list for Noah Carroll — Hurricanes 2016 6th round draft pick

Profile and reading list for Noah Carroll — Hurricanes 2016 6th round draft pick

Click HERE to go to the menu for all of the Hurricanes 2016 draftees.   Profile for Noah Carroll Noah Carroll was the Carolina Hurricanes sixth-round selection in the 2016 NHL draft. Carroll is a defenseman who played for the Guelph Storm in the Ontario Hockey League in 2015-16. He is a strong skater with projectable NHL size and potentially a value pick with upside where the Canes nabbed him in the sixth round. Entering the 2015-16 season, he was projected to be a third or fourth round NHL selection but had a challenging season stepping into a first pairing defense role on a rebuilding Guelph team that struggled. He is a player whose stock could be much higher than his sixth round pedigree if he rebounds in the 2016-17 season.   Reading list of external articles about Noah Carroll The official web site of the Guelph Storm had this “Player Profile” for Carroll in January of 2016. Dominic Tiano from OHL Writers has this profile for Carroll at about the midway point of the 2015-16 season. Brock Otten from OHL Prospects has an insightful short read on Carroll from his pre-draft scouting.   See him on PNC Arena ice in a Hurricanes uniform for the first time this week on Wednesday and Thursday at 5:30pm for practices and Saturday at 12pm for the Hurricanes prospect camp scrimmage. Parking and admission are free; concessions are available but not free. Go...