To put it in the simplest terms, the Norfolk Admirals and some of the prospects have had a rough season so far, with December being no different. They ended the year on a down note and must find some offense if they hope to get anywhere by the time spring rolls around.
Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Stefan Noesen of the Plymouth Whalers is the CHL Player of the Week for the playoff week ending April 1 after scoring five goals and seven assists for 12 points in four games with a plus-minus rating of plus-4.
Noesen produced two five-point games last week and helped the Whalers erase a 2-0 deficit with four straight victories to win their first round playoff series over the Guelph Storm in six games. He scored two goals and three assists as first star of a 7-1 win in Game 3 last Tuesday, and then picked up an assist on Thursday in a 5-2 win in Game 4 to even the series 2-2. His second five-point game of the series came Saturday when he scored a hat-trick and two assists as first star of the 9-3 Game 5 win before setting up the Game 6 overtime winner on Sunday in the 2-1 series-clinching game. The Whalers will now face the Kitchener Rangers in the OHL’s Western Conference Semi-Finals beginning Friday night.
In many ways the Dallas Stars are responsible for getting Stefan Noesen to where he is right now, both in terms of getting his start in the game of hockey, and also in getting him back on track after a season where his maturity had been called into question.
If Noesen gets his wish, the city that’s been so integral to his past — Dallas — will also be where his future will be.
The 17-year-old Texan forward credits the Stars’ organization for helping him refocus on the game and get him prepared for this season — one in which he’s accounted for 11 goals and 17 assists in 25 games. He was also ranked 13th overall in the OHL by Central Scouting in its preliminary mid-November rankings.
“It’s just a natural part of growing up. Last year I had a couple of big issues that I needed to take care of,” he said. “Over the summer, I trained with a bunch of the Dallas Stars and their trainers, and they really showed me the level of maturity you need. It’s how you act around people because you never know who will be watching you.