Coming into this season, Leon Draisaitl was the clear cut top German player currently playing in the NHL, but a new German phenom has arrived to push for that title.
Tim Stutzle made his NHL debut on Friday night for the Ottawa Senators on his 19th birthday. The 3rd overall pick in the 2020 NHL Draft is already making headlines with his dazzling skill that he has displayed in his first two NHL games.
After being held without a point in his debut, Stutzle came back stronger on Saturday night, burying his first of many NHL goals to come, and what a beauty it was.
After the game, Maple Leafs goaltender Jack Campbell was quoted as saying, “The only thing I could think of, other than I should’ve had that, was I just want to shake his hand, that was a heck of a play. What a young talent. It’s good for the league.”
Anyone familiar with Stutzle should not be surprised by the praise he is getting around the league already. Stutzle is coming off an impressive showing at the 2021 World Jr Hockey Championships, where he scored 5 goals and added 5 assists for 10 points in his 5 games played, helping Germany advance to the Quarter Finals for the first time in the country’s history at the event.
It’s safe to say that watching Stutzle continue to develop and grow in this league is going to be an exciting ride, so buckle up and enjoy!