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2020 NHL Draft Profile: Tim Stutzle

Leon Draisaitl, you've got competition. Tim Stutzle is Germany's next top star and ready for the NHL.
Courtesy of Adler Mannheim

Courtesy of Adler Mannheim

It's tough to find a comparison for what Tim Stutzle did in Germany’s top league this season because Leon Draisaitl was playing against teens in the WHL at the same age.

Simply put, Stutzle was a key contributor on one of the best teams in the DEL and the well-deserved rookie of the year. “He’s doing things in a men’s league that very few draft picks have done in recent history,” said one scout. “Every game he’s a go-to guy. He’s got such great hockey sense and IQ, he’s got three-zone awareness, he’s good away from the puck, he’s great with the puck. He not only complements other skill players, he actually makes them better.”

Stutzle centered an all-draft line for Germany at the WJC with Lukas Reichel and J.J. Peterka on his flanks. Again, Stutzle was a driver on what was a very competitive German squad. “He has elite hands, plays at a high pace and is very cerebral in the offensive zone,” said another scout. “He’s going to have some adjustments when he comes over in terms of his two-way play and ability to compete for the puck, but his skill is through the roof.”

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This excerpt is from The Hockey News' Draft Preview issue. Purchase a digital copy of the issue here.

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