Weight: 190 pounds
Date of birth: January 6, 1999
Hometown: North York, Ontario
OHL Draft: Round 2, 36th overall, 2015 Priority Selection
Ottawa 67’s defenceman Noel Hoefenmayer played his minor midget hockey during the 2014-2015 season with the Don Mills Flyers. In 62 games, he scored 10 goals and 33 points. He also won an OHL Gold Cup championship registering an assist in 4 games.
Hoefenmayer also played in the OHL Cup and posted 5 assists in 7 games. The Ottawa 67’s would select Hoefenmayer in the second round of the 2015 Ontario Hockey League’s Priority Selection, 36th overall.
Last season was Hoefenmayer’s rookie campaign in the OHL where he scored twice while adding three assists in 45 games. What we saw was a young player with signs of potential and a willingness to do what he needed to do to help his squad.
To date this season, Hoefenmayer has played in 42 games and has scored 8 goals and 26 points. What we see is a confident defenceman who has been aggressive offensively but has tamed the approach recently. He is very creative at his point position. He sees the ice well and can make slight adjustments to find seams and set up teammates.
Those assets make Hoefenmayer a suitable quarterback on the powerplay. He has a very good and accurate shot – currently firing at 12.1% shooting percentage – but he could work on getting the shot off more quickly.
Defensively, Hoefenmayer is good at reading and reacting with good anticipation skills. He doesn’t possess long arms or a long stick, but is capable of reacting and getting into lanes and taking away passes. Although he can improve his skating, he gets onto loose pucks regularly and is always willing to take the hit to make a play. He makes good, safe plays and smart passes to exit the zone.
There are no glaring weaknesses in Hoefenmayer’s game. His foot work could use some improvement and he could add some muscle. But those things will come in time.
Hoefenmayer is the classic “good at everything but doesn’t excel at any one thing”. That’s not a knock on him. He’ll be a safe pick in the National Hockey League Draft and could go on to have a steady career in the NHL.
Hoefenmayer was recently ranked 41st by NHL Central Scouting on their mid-term ranking.
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