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Fantasy Summary

An average-sized offensive forward with excellent speed and quickness. A great playmaker who also knows how to finish his chances. A natural center but has been frequently used at wing. High offensive upside but doesn’t provide much help in peripheral stats.


Observations

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October 2020 – Tim Stuetzle has chosen his name’s spelling and number for Senators, now he just needs to find a way to Ottawa when the NHL starts up. According to TSN’s Shawn Simpson, talks have been initiated on granting his release to the NHL when the NHL returns but things have not gone as smoothly as hoped. This lines up with the reports that the players playing on pro deals in Europe may have a hard time finding their way to the NHL. Teams such as Detroit (Lucas Raymond) and Florida (Anton Lundell) have already announced that their top picks will be staying in their respective European leagues but the Senators seem insistent on Stuetzle coming to Ottawa this season. It remains to be seen as to whether that will happen but the road ahead isn’t as clear as initially hoped by Senators fans and front office personnel alike. Tony Ferrari 

October 2020 – The Senators’ new top prospect brings an electrifying and highly skilled set of tools to their prospect pool. Tim Stützle was one of the best skaters in the 2020 draft class. When he is at his best, he plays predatory hockey in the offensive zone, looking to always attack. His high-tempo playmaking is dangerous at all times and his quick-twitch muscles give him the agility and elusiveness that we see with players like Patrick Kane. There are high expectations for the young German. Stützle’s season has hit a bump in the road before it even really had a chance to get going. His team in the DEL, Adler Mannheim, announced that the newest Senator is set to undergo arm surgery for a fracture after hurting himself while training. The injury is expected to keep Stützle out of action for six-to-eight weeks. That timeline suggests that should with the DEL season slated to start mid-December and World Junior camps expected to be around the same time, he may be cutting it close and that’s not including an NHL opportunity if the Senators can get him to Ottawa. Overall, this shouldn’t be too worrisome for Senators fans or Stützle fantasy owners long-term. Tony Ferrari

October 2020 – Stützle was drafted third overall by the Senators. Stützle was among the top five in most pre-draft rankings. He could push for an NHL job right away but could also benefit from one more year of development in Europe. Jokke Nevalainen

June 2020 – Stutzle had a major decision to make in the summer of 2019. His original plan was to come to the USHL for a season before transitioning to the University of New Hampshire. His fall back option was to land with Everett of the WHL. Instead, the speed-driven forward decided to remain at home and become one of the top teenagers ever in the German men’s league. It appears to have been the right choice. His play in the DEL as a winger was terrific for his age. Sure, that league is steps below other established European pro leagues, but he was still playing with and against men. His showing at the WJC displayed his potential against his peer group – and it remains large. Stutzle projects more as a winger than a pivot at the next level, using his speed and hands to blow wide. Continual work on decision-making and fighting into the middle of the ice are needed. He has another decision this summer too. Whether to cross the pond for the WHL, AHL, or NHL. Or, to stay in Europe for another season. Cam Robinson

October 2019 – Stützle is a projected top ten pick for the 2020 NHL Entry Draft and the next high-profile prospect to come out of Germany. At age 16, Stützle was an unstoppable force in the top junior league in the country. He put up 23 goals and 55 points in 21 regular season games and added another 11 points in five playoff games. At age 17, Stützle is playing against men in DEL which is the top level in Germany. He has had a great start to his rookie season with Adler Mannheim; he has been playing a top-six role with significant power play time, and he has put up eight points in nine games. Stützle is a natural center but he has been used at wing in the DEL – a common occurrence for young players in professional leagues. In late December, Stützle is expected to play a major role for Germany at the World Juniors.

Stützle is an excellent skater who combines high-end speed with incredible quickness. He also has quick hands which make him dangerous in one-on-one situations. He makes sharp and accurate passes, and although known as a pass-first player, he also owns a dangerous wrist shot. On top of all that, Stützle is a very quick thinker which allows him to process plays at top speed and even when he is pressured. Stützle is known as an offensive forward but he has shown significant improvement in his play without the puck and isn’t a defensive liability. He is hungry for loose pucks and has shown great effort in puck-battles when he’s trying to steal the puck. Stützle has a pretty good understanding of his defensive responsibilities and he doesn’t cheat from those.  Jokke Nevalainen

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 9.5
NHL Certainty 9.9
Country GER
Position LW
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth January 15, 2002
Height 6‘0”
Weight 187 lbs
Drafted 2020 Round 1; Overall: 3

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2014-2015 Krefelder EV 1981 U16Schüler-BL2 0 00 0|        
 2015-2016 Krefelder EV 1981 U16Schüler-BL27 33 2861 8|Playoffs5 1 23
 2016-2017 Krefelder EV 1981 U16Schüler-BL32 37 4683 26|        
 2017-2018 Jungadler Mannheim U19DNL Q8 6 1218 2|        
  Jungadler Mannheim U19DNL25 18 2947 8|Playoffs5 4 48
  Germany U16 (all)International-Jr6 5 38 2|        
  Germany U18WJC-18 D1A5 1 34 2|        
  Germany U18 (all)International-Jr12 7 815 10|        
 2018-2019 Jungadler Mannheim U20DNL U2021 23 3255 30|Playoffs5 4 711
  Germany U17 (all)International-Jr4 2 57 2|        
  Germany U18WJC-18 D1A5 2 79 12|        
  Germany U18 (all)International-Jr6 4 812 12|        
  Germany U20 (all)International-Jr5 4 59 12|        
 2019-2020 Adler MannheimDEL41 7 2734 12|        
  Adler MannheimChampions HL8 2 35 0|        
  Germany U20WJC-205 0 55 2|        
  Germany U20 (all)International-Jr8 2 79 2|        
 2020-2021 Adler MannheimDEL- - -- -|        
  Germany U20WJC-20- - -- -|        
  Germany U20 (all)International-Jr3 1 23 4|        

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