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Pregame Report: Noesen Likely to Make NHL Debut Tonight vs. Colorado

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks

By Kyle Shohara

A new face was on the ice with the Ducks this morning for the team’s pregame skate at Honda Center. Recalled from the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League, 22-year-old right win Stefan Noesen is likely to make his NHL debut tonight as the Ducks and Avs conclude their regular season series. Noesen was part of the trade that brought Jakob Silfverberg and a 2014 first-round draft selection (Nick Ritchie) to Anaheim for Bobby Ryan on July 5, 2013.

Noesen skated on a line with Emerson Etem and Chris Wagner, and shared his excitement for what could be a very special night. “I got the phone call, and I was very, very happy, as you could imagine,” said Noesen, who was Ottawa’s first-round selection in the 2011 NHL Draft. “It’s been a long road. I’m excited to be here.” Noesen said the call caught him by surprise, despite his strong play coming off of two devastating injuries (more on that below). “It was complete shock,” he said. “It was one of those things when you see your phone ring, see a voicemail and get really excited.”

Major injuries over the past two seasons have limited Noesen to just 25 AHL games in total. He needed surgery on his knee to repair a torn ACL and MCL suffered in October 2013, an injury that limited him to two games. Just 12 months later, Noesen lacerated his Achilles tendon and was sidelined for four months. Noesen says this journey has allowed him to develop and mature in a variety of ways. “My mental game has been pretty strong,” he said. “Going through this, it was a different type of development. It was more of a maturing development. It was more focused on my overall strength and trying to get my mental game strong. I feel like I’ve accomplished that.”

Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau praised Noesen’s determination and work ethic, and says he’s earned his call-up. “He’s here because of the work he’s put in the last two years,” said Boudreau. “To go through those two devastating injuries and still play really well down there, he deserved an opportunity.”

“If anyone can persevere, it’s going to be him,” said Etem, who is close friends with Noesen. “It’s exciting to see him out there. He’s going to play an energy role just like Chris and I have been doing.”

John Gibson
was the first off the ice this morning, so you can expect him to start tonight against the Avs. The 21-year-old won his 13th game of the season on Sunday at New Jersey, and has an 11-5-0 record in 18 games since his recall in early February. Patrick Maroon did not skate with the team this morning, and is unlikely to play. “He’s still not feeling well,” said Boudreau. “We’ll get him back on the ice tomorrow and build him back up. When that stuff [knocks you out], it’s not easy to step up and get into the game, especially when you’re a big man.”

As for Tim Jackman (lower body) and Matt Beleskey (lower body), Boudreau says he’s hoping they’ll be ready for Wednesday’s game vs. Dallas. Both are labeled as day to day.

Jiri Sekac-Rickard Rakell-Corey Perry
Tomas Fleischmann-Ryan Kesler-Kyle Palmieri
Andrew Cogliano-Nate Thompson-Jakob Silfverberg
Emerson Etem-Chris Wagner-Stefan Noesen

Hampus Lindholm-Francois Beauchemin
Cam Fowler-Sami Vatanen
Simon Despres-James Wisniewski
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