In one of the most important drafts in recent memory, the Ottawa Senators come away with three players drafted in the first round. Among those was an 18-year-old kid from Germany named Tim Stutzle.
Stutzle was born in Viersen, Germany and played his junior career for Krefelder EV 1981. As a 17-year-old rookie in the DEL, expectations were low for him. He quickly proved himself as a valuable player for Adler Mannheim, which is considered the top pro team in Germany.
He finished with seven goals and 34 total points in only 41 games for 7th place on a team filled with 30-year-olds and above. He stepped right into the league and led the power-play for much of his rookie campaign.
Jeopardy Host Makes Pick
The Ottawa Senators made good use of their 3rd overall selection in the 2020 NHL draft. The legendary Alex Trebak from the popular show, Jeopardy.
“Our category is the NHL,” said the Jeopardy host. “With the third pick in the 2020 draft the Ottawa Senators choose this player?”
He concluded with, “The correct response: Who is Tim Stutzle?”
What a way to welcome the 3rd overall pick into the Ottawa Senators family.
“I feel so honoured and very proud,” Stützle said. “I’m thankful to be in the capital of Canada. That’s a big honour. My goal is to win Cups with Ottawa and I want to play as fast as I can in the NHL.
Senators’ owner Eugene Melnyk and his girlfriend came up with this ambitious plan, and made separate recordings for Alexis Lafreniere and Quinton Byfield just in case.
Tim Stutzle made up 1/3 of one of the most electrifying lines at the World Juniors for Team Germany. Lukas Reichel, who was drafted 17th overall to the Chicago Blackhawks, and J.J. Peteraka were the other two members of the line. There is a chance the Senators will end up with 2/3 of the line as they currently own the 33rd pick and J.J. Peterka is still on the board.
He is an exciting player who has been compared to a German Patrick Kane. Mike Morreale from NHL.com summed his game up: “A hard-working left-handed shooter capable of playing all situations with speed, great vision and swagger. He scored 34 points (seven goals, 27 assists) and had 132 shots on goal in 41 games this season.”
Hard-working indeed as he was a difference maker as a kid among men in his DEL rookie season.
Where will Stutzle play in 2020-21?
Ottawa Senators General Manager Pierre Dorion has stated that he hopes Tim Stutzle will slot into the Senators lineup as soon as this season.
Where he slots into the lineup is a different story altogether. There has been some controversy as to whether Stutzle is a winger or a centre. He has said that he played centre all his life, but switched to the wing for the 2019-20 season. He is definitely comfortable playing both positions, but it remains to be seen where Senators management deems him fit.
With their first three picks done and over with, the Senators can now turn a page and get ready for tomorrow, which promises to be full of action. They have nine picks left through rounds 2-7, assuming they don’t trade any of them beforehand.