Around the Farm: Noreau notches two points in BAC’s slaughter of Shawinigan

This feature took a bit of a hiatus due to Sandy, the Nor’easter, and work. But have no fear, it will be back as a daily post starting today.

Sam Noreau is not a noted scorer. He’s a solid defensive defenseman who is counted upon to shut down the opposition. However, this year he is adding some offense to his game. It’s not exactly a surprise to see CHL veterans start adding more offense as they get older. After all, this is a league of teenagers, and as players grow (literally), they start performing better.

Noreau is no different with his offensive numbers, as he tallied a goal and an assist in last night’s 7-1 domination over Shawinigan. That ups his offensive totals to a line of 5-12-17 in just 21 games. As a comparison, this matches Noreau’s output from all of last year in 58 games.

But Noreau isn’t about offensive contributions. He is already a +11 rating this season. Although I am not a fan of that statistic, it does provide some value for players that receive a significant amount of ice time. Noreau is showing vast improvements in his game, which is nice to see.

  • QMJHL
    • Sam Noreau (Baie-Comeau Drakkar) – 1 G, 1 A, 0 PIM, +1

4 Responses to “Around the Farm: Noreau notches two points in BAC’s slaughter of Shawinigan”

  1. Walt says:

    Noreau was a very late draftee, who was big, and tough. From all I’ve read, he may be nothing but an AHL level player, who can drop the gloves, but nothing much more. If he can improve his game, he may have a shot at the AHL some day!!!!!

    Correct me if I mis-read this kids bio!

  2. Leatherneckinlv says:

    He is steadily improving…has a shot and in the right organization to improve and develop

  3. Jess says:

    Walt in the past you could have said that because until this season Noreau was nothing more than 3rd pair dman/ goon.

    It is a combination of Noreau following the Ranger’s developmental program, the hiring of a winning coach/teacher by the Drakkar and Noreau taking advantage of his opportunities.

    Last year I would have said ECHL/CHL level goon but his improvement is saying that right now offer him an ELC at the AHL level.

    Future NHLer not sure but one thing that stands out is all 5 of his goals have come on the power play. He is worth working with but me I would want the Rangers to hire his coach Eric Veilleux.

  4. Leatherneckinlv says:

    Jess

    Wouldn’t Jeff Buekeboom also be a solid teacher for him as well in Conn? What I also like in a theory is that Noreau would be a factor in McIlrath’s development in the sense that Mac would not have to be the primary enforcer on the D and two towering punishing D men would be a pleasant luxury to have