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Junior players heading back to OHL

Wednesday, 01.16.2013 / 3:44 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  / 2012-13 Training Camp blog

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Junior players heading back to OHL

The Dallas Stars on Wednesday returned a pair of prospects, forwards Radek Faksa and Brett Ritchie, to their junior teams.

Faksa, the team's first pick of the 2012 NHL Draft (No. 13), has 25 points in 30 games with the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League this season. He had two assists in six games for the Czech Republic at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Last season, the 6-foot-3, 200-pound center led all first-year OHL players in goals (29), assists (37) and points (66).

Ritchie, a 2011 second-round pick (No. 44), was returned to the Niagara IceDogs of the OHL. The 6-3, 209-pound right wing is fourth in the OHL with 28 goals, and second on his team with 51 points.

The Washington Capitals also sent 2012 first-round pick Tom Wilson to his junior team, the Plymouth Whalers. The 6--4, 205-pound right wing, the 16th pick of the draft, has 13 goals and 36 points in 31 games this season.

Also returned to his junior team was Wilson's OHL teammate, Ottawa Senators prospect Stefan Noesen, one of three 2011 first-round picks the team had.

A 6-foot, 187-pound right wing, Noesen was the 21st player taken in the 2011 draft. He has 26 points in 26 games for Plymouth this season, but hasn't played since Dec. 8 due to training camp for the U.S. World Junior Championship team and a 10-game suspension for an illegal hit during that Dec. 8 game. The suspension ended after the Whalers' game Jan. 9.

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I definitely think going back down helped me, I had a lot of confidence down there, I played a lot of minutes and I think that helped me a lot. With the 37 games up here, that gave me experience as well. I know what it takes to play in the NHL and now it's time for me to show that I'm capable of being a full-time NHL player.

— Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl on finishing the 2014-15 season in juniors after playing 37 games with Edmonton to begin the season