For the 3rd straight pick, the Sharks took a European. This time they took Noah Rod. He is a physical checking line forward who is described as hard to play against. If he reaches his potential he will likely top out as a 3rd/4th line grinder.
Rod is a physical, hard working winger who likes to get his nose dirty and get under the skin of his opponent. He drives the net and stands up for his teammates. Willing to do whatever is needed to get the win, he is a tireless fore checker and defensively responsible. Does not possess high end offensive upside.
The Hockey News
Noah Rod just goes and does his business and his business is to win. He thrives in key situations; he sticks up for his teammates and he can drive the other team âcrazyâ.
Noah is more offensively gifted as a checking line player. It is not his skills as such that impress; it is more how he uses them in an all effort to win that makes him stand out from the crowd.
Noah just gives that all out energy and compete needed to win. He may not be your best player but he can be your most effective player. In short, he will do almost do anything he can to win and loves to irritate the opposing team.
Draft Site (Bill Placzek)
Good balanced power wing prospect who works hard and is very tough to play against because he comes after you. Far from polished on the offensive side but sees the attack zone well has some skill and a good hard shot. Wonât wow you with dazzling moves but has a two gears and once going, makes his presence felt. A North-South guy who drives on the forceheck and is strong on the biscuit when he gets it back, and is hard to contain. Needs plenty of refinement but does have a 3 zone game and commitment but may find a place as a complimentary player. Had a good U-18 tourney fro the Swiss team.