A 200-foot center who is reliable at both ends of the rink. While Sturm won’t be a leading scorer, his offensive production shows promise and he has bottom-six potential.
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March 2022 – Well into his second full NHL campaign, Sturm is graduating from prospect status. His upside is third-line, but for fantasy purposes he projects to be a 4th-line center who wins enough faceoffs and puts up enough points and peripherals to hold fringe value in deep leagues.
March 2022 – Sturm has been dealt to the Colorado Avalanche. Dave Hall
February 2021 – Sturm got into a pair of playoff games in the bubble and has been with the Wild full time thus far in 2021, playing nine games with no points. He won’t be much of a producer, but he seems positioned to remain in the NHL in a limited role. Sam Happi
July 2019 – The young German center has signed a one year, two-way deal worth $874,125 for the upcoming season. Sturm is in tough to secure a spot on the Wild’s opening night roster but is likely among the first call-ups from Iowa if he doesn’t make the Wild. Tony Ferrari
April 2019 – The 23-year-old center from Clarkson University was a coveted NCAA free agent who chose to sign with the Wild. He was both a Hobey Baker award finalist and ECAC division’s Best Defensive Forward this season. The fact that Sturm is 23, his entry level deal was limited to a single season which can be burned by having him on the roster for the remainder of the year. Sturm will likely get game action in some or all of Minnesota’s final three games, giving him a leg up on showing what he can do to secure a roster spot next season. He is a big, skilled center who plays a solid two-way game which will fit well in Minnesota’s lineup. He possesses underrated hands and playmaking ability. Sturm is likely to compete for a job on the Wild next season. He could make an immediate impact on both ends of the ice, although the offence will need time to catch up. Tony Ferrari