Panthers Acquire D Noah Welch

Tuesday, 02.27.2007 / 12:00 AM ET / Transactions
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Panthers Acquire D Noah Welch

Young Defenseman Further Solidifies Cats' Blue Line Needs

SUNRISE, Fla. - Florida Panthers General Manager and Head Coach Jacques Martin announced today that the club has acquired D Noah Welch in exchange for LW Gary Roberts.

"Noah is a young, physical, mobile, high character defenseman who fits the mold of the player that our organization strives to acquire," Martin said. "He further solidifies our needs along the blue line, as he will be able to log significant minutes along with Jay Bouwmester, Bryan Allen, Ruslan Salei and Mike Van Ryn. His strong leadership skills, keen ability to read the ice and sensational work ethic makes him the ideal player who will be a vital part of our organization's success. "

Welch, 24, has played in 22 games for the Penguins this year registering one goal and one assist with 22 PIM. The Brighton, Massachusetts native also has appeared in 27 games for Pittsburgh's AHL affiliate the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins registering 21 points (5-16-21) and 24 PIM.

For his career in the NHL, the six-foot-four, 212-pound blueliner has played in 27 games, all with Pittsburgh, scoring two goals with four assists. He made his NHL debut on Mar. 24 versus the NY Islanders, registering an assist and he scored his first NHL goal the following game on Mar. 26 against Montreal.

After a standout career at Harvard University, Welch played in 77 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton recording 29 points (9-20-29) and one goal in the playoffs during his rookie campaign (2005-06). In addition, he started on defense for the WorldUSA squad at the 2006 RBK Hockey AHL All-Star Classic in Winnipeg.

Welch was drafted by the Penguins in the second round (54th overall) in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.

Click here for Noah Welch's career statistics.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 79 27 39 23 66
J. Jokinen 81 18 42 25 60
A. Barkov 66 28 31 18 59
J. Huberdeau 76 20 39 17 59
V. Trocheck 76 25 28 15 53
R. Smith 82 25 25 19 50
A. Ekblad 78 15 21 18 36
N. Bjugstad 67 15 19 -8 34
B. Campbell 82 6 25 31 31
B. Pirri 52 11 13 -4 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 35 19 6 .922 2.35
A. Montoya 12 7 3 .919 2.18

 
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