Nathan Pancel - Sudbury Wolves
Date of birth: January 5, 1994
Position: Left Wing - shoots left
If you read us here ealrier in the week, you are probably aware that Nathan Pancel was our draft eligible first star of the week for the second consecutive week on the Ontario Hockey League. And if you are like some, you are trying to find more information on Pancel. Or, if you are like others, your saying "Nathan who?" So, without further ado, this is Nathan Pancel:
Pancel was selected by the Wolves in the 5th round, 97th overall, in the 2010 OHL Priority Draft. That followed a season of playing for the Ottawa Junior 67's Minor Midget AAA of the OEMHL. He compiled 29 goals and added 29 assists in just 28 games. He would add 5 more goals and 7 assists in 11 playoff games for the Junior 67's.
Following his OHL draft, Pancel made the jump to Junior A and the Gloucester Rangers of the CCHL. He continued to produce at that level scoring 37 times with 25 helpers in 59 games. He added 6 more goals and 13 points in 11 playoff games.
Pancel was going to take the summer off and decide his future: whether to join the Wolves in the OHL or look at his options with the NCAA. But the decision was made easy when ownership led a group of Wolves management to meet with Pancel and his family. He knew then the OHL was the place for him. Pancel even got a taste of the OHL playoffs in 2011, appearing in two games for the Wolves and going pointless in those contests. Pancel would go on to be named CCHL Rookie of the Year.
Pancel didn't burst onto the scene offensively for the Wolves this season. Only once this season, prior to two weeks ago, has he posted points in consecutive games. But two weeks ago he was named our first star after scoring 5 goals in 3 games. He followed that up last week with 5 assists in 3 games to receive the honors once again. And now he's going for the hattrick, scoring twice last night in a win over the Soo Greyhounds, and has a 7 game point streak. He has 7 goals and 5 assists in his last 7 games and stands at 17 goals and 11 assists through 46 games.
He wasn't on NHL Central Scoutings preliminary players to watch from the OHL. He didn't crack Central Scoutings preliminary list of top 25 OHL skaters. He didn't even crack Central Scoutings top 210 in North American skaters in the mid-term rankings. Stay tuned however. I'm sure you'll see him in our top 50 OHL skaters to be released later this month.
At 5'10, Pancel is considered smallish. Not to worry as more and more NHL teams are trending towards a smaller forward in later rounds. Especially those that have effortless and natural scoring abilities that Pancel posesses.
Pancel is known more for his scoring abilities, but he has excellent vision and the abilities of a playmaker as well. He plays with a little bit of an edge, certainly bigger than his size. He's not shy of going to the net and is prepared to take his lick there. And he won't stay away from the corners often doing battle with bigger players along the boards.
Pancel posesses a very good shot, somewhat deceiving. He's a good skater who plays a north south game and knows the defensive zone, as shown by his plus 16, second best on the team.