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Friday, October 15, 2010

Stefan Noesen: A guy you should know

Although Tyler Seguin has left the Plymouth Whalers for the bright lights of the NHL and Boston, his former teammate Stefan Noesen is working well with Alex Aleardi to take some of the sting out of losing Seguin's huge presence in the offense.

Noesen (pronounced NAY-sen) was born and raised in Plano, Texas, a Dallas suburb (developing in the Dallas Ice Jets AAA system), until he and his family moved to Northville, Michigan when he was 12 so that he could play for the Detroit Compuware program. He scored 24 goals and 48 points in 2009, en route to leading Compuware's U-16 squad to the USA Hockey National Under-16 championship, and was a fourth-round selection of the Whalers in the OHL Priority Selection.

Last season, he had a tough adjustment to the speed and pace of the OHL, but started to make headway later in the year, when he carved a niche for himself with some strong penalty killing. He finished the '09-10 campaign with three goals and eight points in 33 games.

This year, he's been an offensive revelation, already with five goals and nine points in just eight contests.

He has nice size (6-1, 190), skating ability and a big-time shot. He relishes contact and is a horse along the boards and down low, where he's able to protect the puck and establish possession on offense. He's still relatively raw and developing, but at the rate he's going, won't be considered a "sleeper" prospect for much longer. Red Line Report had him 149th in their October issue, but the guess here is that he'll easily be a top-three selection come June, and may even break into the top-60 if he can keep the offensive contributions going.

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