After completing all six stops in the NCAA ranks and two of four stops in Europe, the “Midterms” series returns to North America and makes its first stop north of the boarder in the Canadian Hockey League, more specifically Sault Ste. Marie of the Ontario Hockey League where we check in on defenseman Noah Carroll.
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Noah Carroll was selected in the sixth round of the 2016 NHL Draft. His skill set is that of a skating, puck-moving defenseman with good mobility. After developing as a younger player with the Guelph Storm, he was a trade deadline acquisition for Sault Ste. Marie during the 2016-17 season where he provided veteran depth in the top 4 for the end of the season and the playoffs. His combined totals for 2016-17 were 25 points in 62 games, and we was a noticeable plus 15 in 30 games with Sault Ste. Marie and also plus 3 in 11 playoff games. Carroll is again playing for Sault Ste. Marie for the 2017-18 season.
Interview with Randy Russon from Hockey News North
About the Interviewee
Interview on Noah Carroll
Canes and Coffee: What is Noah Carroll’s role for The Soo thus far for the 2017-18 season?
Randy Russon: He plays a key role on a team with several veteran defensemen including the high-scoring likes of Connor Timmins and Mac Hollowell. Rookie Rasmus Sandin also plays big minutes as does Jordan Sambrook, who was picked up from Erie at the trade deadline.
Canes and Coffee: How would you summarize Carroll’s 2017-18 season thus far?
Randy Russon: He does not stand out as much as he might elsewhere because of the presence of Timmins, Hollowell, et al., but he is a solid, solid part of the corps.
Canes and Coffee: Compared to his half season with Sault Ste. Marie in 2016-17, what jumps out about Carroll’s game in 2017-18 as compared to last season in terms of improvement or adjustment after settling in?
Randy Russon: He is bettter all-around player this season and better defensively.
Canes and Coffee: In terms of trying to earn an NHL contract and advance to the next level at the end of the season, how would you assess Carroll as an NHL prospect in terms of readiness to at least move to the AHL level?
Randy Russon: Not sure about AHL yet. More of an ECHL guy. Or he may just go to Canadian university.
Canes and Coffee would like to extend a huge thank you to Randy Russon from Hockey News North for generously sharing his ‘from the rink’ insight on Hurricanes prospect Noah Carroll.