A skilled player who never really stood out while playing in the QMJHL, he has returned to Switzerland to continue developing. Has sleeper potential.
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June 2023- The Coyotes did not tender Nussbaumer a contract and he can now re-enter the draft or become a free agent. He had just seven goals and ten points in 49 games during 2022-23. Keith Duggan
July 2022- What was hoped to be a breakout campaign for Nussbaumer instead ended up turning into a nightmare for the skilled Swiss. After a decent start to the 2021-22 season for HC Davos, Nussbaumer hurt his left hand, requiring surgery. Out three to four months, it only got worse as a screw had loosened from the first surgery, requiring another surgical procedure. He came back to finish the year off and playoff’s but offensively struggled missing that much time. He had five goals and eight points in 16 games but just three assists in 10 playoff contests. Nussbaumer recently participated in this summer’s development camp with the Coyotes so he’s still a prospect their watching. They just seem content on letting him develop in Switzerland. Keith Duggan
May 2021- Much like his play in the QMJHL, Nussbaumer wasn’t really showing much offensively in Switzerland with EHC Biel-Bienne. He had just five points in 37 games between two seasons with the club, looking like his NHL future was pretty much dead. All that changed though after a midseason trade to HC Davos. Nussbaumer came alive, racking up six goals and 18 points in 23 games. He received more playing time and responded, showing the offensive creativity we had not seen in a while. Before getting too excited let’s see if Nussbaumer does it again next year, where he’ll still be with HC Davos. Keith Duggan
May 2020- After an excellent WJC tournament, two goals and seven points in five games, Nussbaumer decided his time in the QMJHL wasn’t really working and headed back to play in Switzerland. His comeback to his original team, Bienne, didn’t produce huge numbers either, one goal and three points in 15 games, but Nussbaumer was happy to be home. He played about 15 minutes a game and even saw power play and penalty kill time. The Coyotes are comfortable with him playing 2020-21 in Swizerland again and hopefully Nussbaumer will show a little more offense. Keith Duggan
December 2019 – Nussbaumer will play in his now third World Junior Championship for Switzerland. As a veteran of the tournament, he’s expected to be a leader and a top player offensively for the Swiss. Before the 2018-19 season started, Nussbaumer was a highly regarded prospect, considered by many to possibly be picked near the top of the 2019 draft. At just 17 years old, he’d already debuted with the top league in his home country of Switzerland and played in both the U18 and U20 tournaments. Taken fourth overall in the CHL Import Draft, Nussbaumer looked primed to take over the QMJHL with the talent-starved Shawinigan Cataractes. Unfortunately, things didn’t go as planned with Shawinigan still struggling, winning just 14 games and Nussbaumer not really tearing it up as hoped offensively, 17 goals and 38 points in 58 games. Playing for the first time outside of Switzerland, the Coyotes considered last season a “transition year” and drafted Nussbaumer in the seventh-round of the 2019 draft. Taken that late in the draft, Nussbaumer has the potential to possibly be a steal as the Swiss is a very skilled and smart playmaker who is dangerous inside the offensive zone. He’s skating isn’t the best though with a awkward short stride and his play away from the puck needs work. After a strong rookie camp with the Coyotes a bigger year was expected from Nussbaumer but so far this season his point totals haven’t been huge with seven goals and 25 points in 31 games. Keith Duggan