When it comes to athletics in Philadelphia there is usually a strong connection between the players and fans. At the end of the season, I decided to interview four different Flyers players who I wanted Philadelphia to get to know better. Covering the Flyers for the past couple of seasons I’ve seen the good, bad, and ugly.
One thing I can say is that the players work beyond hard on and off the ice. When a team is struggling sometimes it’s hard to look at the positives, which is why Noah Cates is a player that will give you hope for the future of the Philadelphia Flyers.
Noah Cates has made heads turn this past season as a standout on the struggling Philadelphia team. The Flyers drafted the left winger, Noah Cates, in the 2017 entry draft. Cates was drafted in the 5th rd, 13th pk (137th overall). Cates’s ability to play center despite him being a winger is another strong attribute he has.
To some, the Cates name sounds familiar and that’s because Noah’s older brother Jackson was signed by the Philadelphia Flyers as a free agent in 2021. There has been overlap between the two brothers playing for the orange and black, but J. Cates has spent a good amount of time with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. (Flyers AHL team).
With Noah playing 82 games with the Flyers this season he definitely is only going to be a bigger part of the team going forward. He has developed into a strong player that accumulated 13 goals and 25 assists.
The most substantial factor in Cates’ play his is ability to draw scoring opportunities.
Noah Cates stands at 6’1 and weighs in at 165 pounds. While he isn’t the biggest body on the ice he makes his presence known. He is a skilled skater with even better puck control. Cates is also strong defensively, which contributes to his volubility on ice.