Weight: 190 pounds
Date of birth: October 15. 1997 Peterborough, Ontario
Position: Center/Left Wing
OHL Draft: Round 13, 242nd overall, 2013 Priority Selection
Every season, a player not ranked by NHL Central Scouting catches my attention – Logan DeNoble was not ranked on Central Scouting’s midterm rankings – and this season DeNoble has caught my eye. Of course, that doesn’t mean he’ll be selected on draft day, but he just may get an invite to an NHL team’s development camp if not selected.
The turning point happened just around the mid-way point of the Petes’ season. Through his first 29 games, DeNoble had just 3 goals and 4 assists and a plus-1. But in his final 34 games, he posted 17 goals and 18 assists and a plus-21.
Is 34 games a small sample size to be a point per game player?
And what about DeNoble’s consistency over that span? Well, since December 8, 2015, he has gone more than one game without a point twice, a 2 games span and a 3 game span. Twelve of his 34 games were also multi point games.
Much of his increase in production can be credited to playing with confidence and moving up in the lineup to play with quality players. He began the season playing on the fourth line and moved all the way up to the top line with Hunter Garlent and Eric Cornel.
Among draft eligible players in the Ontario Hockey League, DeNoble finished 13th in goals scored, 10th in plus/minus, 3rd in faceoff win percentage and 6th in shooting percentage.
While leading the Lindsey Muskies of the Ontario Junior Hockey league in scoring (30 goals and 27 assists in 49 games), DeNoble garnered interest from several NCAA schools including at least one solid scholarship offer. But playing for his hometown Petes where his grandfather, great uncle and uncle played their junior hockey was something he could not resist.
DeNoble signed with the Petes and played in 20 games last season scoring once and adding 4 assists.
DeNoble is an intelligent hockey player. He moves into open spaces while giving his teammates an open lane to get him the puck undetected. Once he gets himself into those opportunities, he capitalizes on his chances more often than not which reflect in his shooting percentage. He also uses that intelligence defensively and has become a solid 200 foot player.
DeNoble is also a grinder. He’s not afraid to get in on the forecheck and battle along the walls. He has no fear of driving to the net with or without the puck. You can question his size (and many will) but you cannot question his heart.
DeNoble is a hard worker and knows that continuing to work hard, remaining focused and determined is what will bring him to his long term goals. He’s also an accomplished lacrosse player – not new to hockey players these days – and golfer.