EDMUNDSTON, New Brunswick – The Edmundston Blizzard made Noah Matulu its first choice (7th overall) in the Maritime Junior A Hockey League (MHL) draft held online on Saturday July 10.
A Shediac native, Matulu is a 5’8 “, 143-pound forward who turns 17 this November. Last season he played at the midget level with the Moncton Flyers. He collected 1 goal and 2 assists in 16 games. However, he made his mark in the playoffs with 4 goals and 4 assists in 8 games.
Noah’s brother Joachim (18) was drafted third overall by the Grand Falls Rapids. Joachim also played with the Moncton Flyers in 2020-2021.
In the 2nd and 3rd rounds, the Blizzard selected two other Flyers players, Jack Martin, a defenseman, and Samuel LeBlanc, a goaltender. Martin is from Upper Coverdale, a community east of Moncton. In 16 games last season, he totaled 3 goals and 7 assists. As for LeBlanc, of Memramcook, he played 7 games and maintained a 2.97 goals against average and a .892 save percentage.
These players as well as the players of the current roster will report to the Blizzard camp on August 30th. The regular MHL season kicks off at the end of September.
List of Blizzard’s selected players at the MHL 2021 Draft – Saturday, July 10, 2021
1re ronde / 1st round (7e au total / 7th overall)
Noah Matulu, A/F, Shédiac NB (Flyers de Moncton U18 AAA)
2e ronde / 2nd round (19e au total / 19th overall)
Jack Martin, D, Upper Coverdale, NB (Flyers de Moncton U18 AAA)
3e ronde / 3rd round (40e au total / 40th overall)
Samuel LeBlanc, G, Memramcook, NB (Flyers de Moncton U18 AAA)
4e ronde / 4th round (63e au total / 63rd overall)
Cohen McCallum, D, Rothesay, NB (Rothesay Netherwood School U18 AAA)
4e ronde / 4th round (67e au total / 67th overall)
Aiden Tucker, C, Truro, NS (Weeks Major Midgets U18)
5e ronde / 5th round (75e au total / 75th overall)
Jacob Cook, C, Guysborough County, NS (Cape Breton West Islanders U18)
5e ronde / 5th round (79e au total / 79th overall)
Bailey Shortall, AD/RW, Timberlea, NS (Halifax McDonald’s U18 AAA)
6e ronde / 6th round (91e au total / 91st overall)
Bradley Nadeau, C, Saint-François-de-Madawaska, NB (Fredericton Caps U18 AAA)
6e ronde / 6th round (94e au total / 94th overall)
Andrew Lordon, D, Dartmouth, NS (Steele Subaru U18 AAA)
7e ronde / 7th round (103e au total / 103rd overall)
Dylan Andrews, C, Lawrencetown, NS (Titan d’Acadie-Bathurst LHJMQ)
8e ronde / 8th round (114e au total / 114th overall)
Will Hodgson, G, Fredericton, NB (Fredericton Caps U18 AAA)
Choix territoriaux / Territorial picks
Mathieu Pelletier, C, Saint-Jacques, NB (Mount Academy Saints U17 Prep)
Colby Morin, AG/LW, Saint-Léonard-Parent, NB (Fredericton Caps U18 AAA)
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Noah Matulu (photo gracieuseté Normand Léger)
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Source: Hugues Chiasson, vice-president communications – The Edmundston Blizzard; (506) 740-0623 – cell phone