The Portland Winterhawks have acquired forward Marcel Noebels, 19, from the Seattle Thunderbirds in exchange for first round picks in the 2012 and 2013 WHL Bantam Drafts, and forward Seth Swenson.
Noebels, a fourth round draft pick of the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, has 10 goals and 14 assists for 24 points in 31 games with the Thunderbirds this season. Last season, Noebels had 28 goals and 26 assists for 54 points in 66 games with Seattle.
“Marcel is a proven scorer in this league who will be a tremendous addition to our offensive core. He can play the power game as well, and will fit in well with our group,” said Portland Winterhawks General Manager & Head Coach Mike Johnston. “We’d like to thank Seth for his contributions to the team, and wish him the best as he continues his career in Seattle.”
Swenson was in his third season in Portland, and in 132 games had posted five goals and 16 assists for 21 points.
In a separate trade, the Winterhawks acquired the rights to goaltender Brendan Jensen from the Vancouver Giants in exchange for a sixth round pick in the 2013 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft.
Jensen, 18, currently plays for the Spruce Grove Saints of the Alberta Junior Hockey League, where he’s 12-0-3 in 16 games with a goals against average of 2.14 and save percentage of 91.7%. He’s played four games for the Giants this season, going 2-2 with a goals against average of 5.00 and save percentage of 82.3%.
Last season in 30 games with Vancouver, the El Grenada, California native, went 8-13-0-1 with a goals against average of 3.76 and save percentage of 87.5%.
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