Name: Tim Stützle
Position: Center/Left Wing
League: Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL)
Team: Adler Mannheim
Age/DOB: 18-years-old, January 15th, 2002
Birthplace: Viersen, Germany, Europe
Potential Draft Round: Top 10
NHL Potential: Top Six forward
NHL Comparable: Patrick Kane
One of the more dynamic forwards in this draft, Tim Stützle brings a lot to the table. Regarded as being one of the more offensively gifted players of the draft, the pride of Viersen, Germany has shot up the draft rankings and could challenge Quinton Byfield for second overall.
His elite puck moving abilities and offensive awareness are what makes him a deadly weapon when he’s on the ice. He’s one of those players that often attracts multiple opposing defenders to him and that opens up lanes for his teammates to have an odd-man sequence. He also has a deceptive shot which often surprises many. He’s more of a playmaker, but if he needs to shoot, he won’t shy away from it.
Stützle is on the bubble when it comes to playing in the NHL. While the consensus is that he’s likely a year away, he does have experience playing against older and more mature players in the DEL. His current contract is set to end in 2022, so whoever drafts him may have to be patient like the Vancouver Canucks with 2019 selection Vasili Podkolzin. Regardless of that, Stützle should be ready when he decides to come over to North America.