CM product Noonan drafted by Predators

(Updated at 4:30 p.m. with Noonan comment)

Catholic Memorial graduate Garrett Noonan, who now plays for Jack Parker at BU, was selected by the Nashville Predators in the fourth round, 112th overall, of the NHL Entry Draft.

Noonan, a native of Norfolk, Mass., was co-captain of the Knights and posted 34 points (12 G, 22 A) in 30 contests during the 2008-09 season for Coach Bill Hanson. He was named co-MVP of the Catholic Conference in 2009 after helping CM to a Super 8 championship.

“Playing at CM was a great experience for me, it gave me a lot of confidence," Noonan said via telephone Saturday afternoon. "[Coach Hanson] was great to me and my family. I felt I owed it to the program to stay loyal and stay there for all four years and not go to juniors."

Noonan also shared his advice for today's high school players who are thinking about making the jump to juniors: "I think more kids would be better off staying [in high school].”

He added, "That's an experience you don't get to replicate."

The 6-foot-1, 205-pound defenseman played with the Vernon Vipers of the British Columbia Hockey League before playing his freshman season with the Terriers last season.