|Simon Laurent Nolet
Height: 5' 9", Weight: 185 pounds
Born: 11.23.41 St. Odilon, Quebec
|How he arrived: Claimed from the Philadelphia Flyers in the Expansion Draft, 6.12.74
How he left: Traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins with Ed Gilbert and Scouts' 1st Round pick in the
1976 E.D. for Steve Durbano, Chuck Arnason, and Penguins' 1st round pick in the 1976 E.D., 1.9.76
How he returned: Transfered from the Penguins with Michel Plasse as compensation for the
Penguins signing RFA Denis Herron, 8.7.76
How he left again: Retired after 1976-77 season.
|Regular Season Statistics with the Franchise
Stats in bold signifies team leader.
While well before my time, from what I've read about Nolet, the best way to describe his play in his 10-year NHL career
is solid. He was a capable defensive player, often shadowing the top wingers and killing penalties, who could put up
some good offensive numbers as well.
The Flyers acquiring Reggie Leach left him expendable, and the Scouts took advantage in the Expansion Draft. With
that skill on both sides of the puck and having been part of a Stanley Cup winner, he was a fitting choice for captain of
the new team. Basically, it was just laying the groundwork for things to come for the team and franchise.
Nolet eventually did return to the Flyers' organization, as he currently works as one of their amateur scouts. If I
remember reading right, he was the one responsible for the Flyers bringing in Simon Gagne. Previously, he had also
worked as a scout for the Quebec Nordiques, as well as an assistant coach under then headman Michel Bergeron.