Noesen, 27, was actually a first-round pick of the Ottawa Senators back in 2011, but took several years to make his mark in the NHL. That came in 2017-18 when he had a sneaky-good season for the New Jersey Devils, scoring 13 goals as part of an energy line with Blake Coleman. The duo rotated through linemates like Brian Gibbons, Travis Zajac and Miles Wood, creating a group of checking forwards that was a huge reason why the Devils made it to the playoffs.
Though he hasn’t been able to recapture that magic since, Noesen fit in well with the Sharks after he was claimed off waivers in December. He scored six goals in 34 games after the claim, even while playing in a bottom-six role. That included two game-winners, not something the Sharks were very used to this season.
Noesen will likely be a regular for the Sharks next year and so far he is their only signing since free agency has started. San Jose has been extremely quiet today, deciding not to jump on many of the mid-level players that have found homes.