Profile: Stefan Noesen

Stefan Noesen readily admits he had some growing up to do after his first Ontario Hockey League season with Plymouth in 2009-10.

BY KEN WARREN

ST. PAUL, Minnesota — Stefan Noesen readily admits he had some growing up to do after his first Ontario Hockey League season with Plymouth in 2009-10.

“I needed to mature as a person,” Noesen said late Friday night, after being chosen 21st overall by the Ottawa Senators. “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.”

Noesen scored only three goals and five assists in his rookie season with Plymouth saying there were a few major issues he had to deal with.

Yet after a harsh off-season talk with his coaches and a push from summer training partner Brendan Morrow of the Dallas Stars — Noesen is from Plano, Texas — he returned to the OHL with a renewed commitment and passion for the game last season.

Noesen, a right winger, scored 34 goals and 43 assists in 68 games and was also pivotal in Plymouth’s playoff upset over Kitchener. More than that, he was also a pain to play against, a chippy, determined presence who Senators general manager Bryan Murray likened to Anaheim Ducks star Corey Perry.

“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.”

Looking back, Noesen can’t say enough about the support he received from the Dallas Stars.

“Over the summer, I trained with a bunch of the Dallas Stars and their trainers, and they really showed me the level of commitment you need,” he said earlier this year. “It’s how you act around people because you never know who will be watching you.”

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