Marcel NoebelsIn the 4th round of the 2011 entry draft, the Flyers selected the Tornisvorst, Germany native, Marcel Noebels. Noebels had come over from DEL, German Ice Hockey League, the season before and played for a bad Seattle Thunderbirds team in the WHL. Noebels had a decent rookie campaign with Seattle, potting 28 goals and adding 26 helpers. Following his first WHL season, Noebels wanted to return to Germany to play for Krefeld Pinguine in the DEL. But the Flyers advised him to remain in juniors and he obliged. He started off 2011-2012 with 24 points in 31 games before being traded to a stacked Portland Winterhawks team. He kept up his solid play with Portland, adding 34 more points before season's end. Noebels continued to chip in for the Winterhawks, tallying 23 points as they made a playoff run. Portland ended up losing in the WHL finals to Edmonton.
Due to the NHL lockout, there was more top-end talent on the Phantoms roster. This left Marcel Noebels on the outside looking in at the start of the 2012-2013 season. Noebels instead made his North American professional debut with the Trenton Titans in the ECHL. Through his first 31 games, he recorded 11 goals and 19 assits and was named to the ECHL All-Star team. It became apparent that the 20 year old was ready for the American Hockey League. On New Year's Day, Noebels was recalled to the Phantoms. Noebels didn't miss a beat in the AHL as he continued to produce, finishing third on the team in goals with 13 and also added 10 assists in 43 games. Following the season, Noebels represented Germany in the World Championships. Noebels suited up in three games for the senior squad, but recieved limited playing time and did not record any points.
Marcel Noebels is a big winger, listed at 6'3, 205 pounds, with a wicked wrist shot. He has shown his playmaking ability along with his scoring touch. He has been successful on the power play in both the ECHL and the AHL and has also played on the penalty kill. Noebels has shown flashes of potential but has also had some stretches of inconsistent play. Next year is a big year for him, as he will likely be playing on one of the Phantoms top 2 lines. Noebels will need to continue to work on his skating and maybe start using his size to his advantage more often. If Noebels can continue to develop and come out hot next season, he may have an opportunity to play for the Flyers down the road.