Thursday, March 5, 2009

Meet The New Guy: Noah Welch

Inspired by the KB's amusing series of better known as a newbie, I thought we should take a look at the new guy that we've traded for.

Today's New Guy: Noah Welch #7

The Beginning
: Was drafted #54th overall (2nd round) by the Pittsburgh Penguins during the 2001 Entry Draft. Before being drafted he played 4 years in the NCAA for Harvard University, where he was the captain. After being drafted he spent some time playing for the baby Pens in Wilkes-Barre Scranton before being called up to the Pens. He was then traded to the Florida Panthers during the 2006-2007 season for Gary Roberts, where he again split time between the Panthers and their AHL affiliate. He had two goals during his 29 games with the Panthers.

How much does he cost? $ 750, 000 and he's an RFA this year.

What will he bring? Born August 26, 1982 in Brighton MA, which makes him youngish. He's 6'4" and weighs 212, which means he'll bring some size to our blue line. He's also a left hand shot.

He's had 4 goals during his 56 games in the NHL. At the age of 26 that's not a lot, but he has been sidelined with a shoulder injury for what seems like 2 years.

Interesting Facts?
-He will donate his brain to concussion research to Boston U after he dies.
Well if hockey doesn't work out, at least he'll be remembered for something

-He majored in government at Harvard, and graduated leading Harvard's all time leader in penalty minutes.
So he can take you out on a date and talk about the government! Thrilling..

-In his NHL debut with the Pens he scored two goals. One, he scored on his own net, then he scored against the Montreal Canadiens.
Probably not the best thing to do in your NHL debut...

Possible Nicknames?
1. Juice
1. Grapes

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