2008-09: Stefan Noesen scored 24 goals among his 48 points to lead his Detroit Compuware U-16 squad to the USA Hockey National Under-16 championship. Noesen was chosen in the fourth round, 64th overall, of the 2009 OHL Priority Selection by the Plymouth Whalers.
2009-10: In his OHL rookie season with the Plymouth Whalers he scored only three goals and five assists and had just 4 PIM in 33 games. Noeson admitted “I didn’t really have that great a year. I had to be more mature. It was (difficult) just coming into a 19-year-old league.”
2010-11: After an honest off-season heart to heart with his coaches and with the encouragement of his summer training partner Brendan Morrow of the Dallas Stars, Noesen returned to the OHL with a renewed outlook. In 68 games in his second season for the Whalers, he led his team in scoring with 34 goals and 43 assists to go along with 80 penalty minutes. In 11 playoff games, Noesen scored six goals and added five assists while adding 16 penalty minutes playing an instrumental role in their first-round upset of the Kitchener Rangers.
Although his offensive game is considered raw at this point he offers an interesting package of size, skating, competitiveness and feistiness. He presents a challenge to the opposition with his determined, high-energy style and was compared to Anaheim Ducks Corey Perry by the Bryan Murray. “I’m a skilled power forward and I thrive off the physical side,” he said. “I want to make the team (next year). I will work my butt off and see how it goes.” What he needs to work on is gaining experience in all situations and polishing his offensive skills. He comes with leadership ability, delivers in the clutch and could develop into a highly-desirable second or third line NHL winger.
Noesen will continue to develop his offensive skills and overall game in the OHL this season and the next and also look to make an impact with Team USA at the WJC.