Drafted: 21st overall, first round in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft by the Ottawa Senators.
Noesen's first OHL season was an unremarkable one (just 8P in 33GP), but he broke out in his second year, scoring 34G and 43A for 77P in 68GP, as well as 11P (6G, 5A) in 11 playoff games, and has been compared to Corey Perry.
The 6'1" right-winger says his biggest strength is his size. "Most teams I have been on, I've tried to become the spark. When things are going down for us, I feel like I can make a big play, a big hit, a nice play or score a goal to give us a lift
" ... My game is like a mix. I would say a little bit like [the Detroit Red Wings'] Johan Franzen, with a bit of [the Dallas Stars'] Brenden Morrow—big in the corners, a known presence on the ice, always trying to make the key play."
TSN scouts say that Noesen's only "scratching the upside of his potential."
Strengths: competitive, has some jam, likes throwing hits, smart playmaker with effective shot arsenal. Sees the ice well, uses linemates sagely, effective along the boards and in physical situations, protects the puck well, good hands. Good hockey sense, only scratching the surface of his upside.
Noesen may need a year or two to fully develop, but he could come up and produce at the NHL level next year.