Nick Jehamy | December 20th, 2019
The San Jose Sharks have claimed veteran forward Stefan Noesen off of waivers from the Pittsburgh Penguins. The 26-year old was promoted from the AHL to the Pittsburgh Penguins NHL roster for the Penguins December 4th matchup against the St. Louis Blues. Noesen went on to score in his first appearance for the team where they went on to win 3-0 against the Western Conference leaders. Noesen went on to appear in five more games for Pittsburgh where he went pointless and wasn’t much of a presence before the Penguins decided to place him on waivers.
Noesen has played for three teams in his NHL career since being drafted in the first round of the 2011 NHL Draft by the Ottawa Senators. Those three teams being the Anaheim Ducks, New Jersey Devils, and Pittsburgh Penguins. Noesen has appeared in 165 games in his NHL career where he has not had phenomenal success, only playing over 40 games in a season twice and only eclipsing double-digit goals and assists once in his career which was 2017 where he appeared in 72 games and scored 13 goals with 14 assists. In total, Noesen has scored 25 goals and posted 21 assists in his NHL career which is nothing to get excited about for a forward.
Looking at those career numbers can be deflating but the Sharks are taking a chance on the veteran where he seems to be putting things together. Before being called up to Pittsburgh, he spent most of the season playing for their AHL affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Noesen’s stint in the AHL this season was phenomenal as he was among the leaders in goals scored, scoring 14 goals in 22 games played. He added eight assists onto that to put him at 22 points in 22 games.
San Jose has been searching for depth at the forward position and Noesen is much more experienced than some of the young guns the Sharks have been bringing in to see what fits. Along with the claim of Stefan Noesen, the Sharks have brought up two other forwards from their AHL affiliate, recalling winger Noah Gregor as well as bringing up center Joel Kellman for the first time. Even if Noesen’s offensive abilities don’t hold up as they were in the AHL earlier this season, he brings a great defensive presence for his position which the Sharks can desperately use. With the rosters locking for the holidays until December 27th, we will see Noesen appear in a minimum of three games for his new club and see what type of immediate impact he can make.
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