Ottawa Senators fans should be excited about what they saw from Tim Stuetzle at the 2021 WJC.
Training Camps have now opened across the NHL ahead of the 2020-21 season starting next week, and the Ottawa Senators are eagerly awaiting the arrival of Tim Stuetzle, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2020 NHL Draft.
Stuetzle is currently quarantining in Ottawa after Germany was knocked out of the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship by Russia in the Quarter-Finals on Saturday, with the prospect having to self-quarantine until next week.
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However, it will be worth the wait for the Ottawa Senators and their fans.
For those of you who have kept up to date with the 2021 World Junior Championship in Edmonton, Stuetzle emerged as an absolute star and was one of the standout players in the entire tournament.
He dominated and led a depleted Germany team to the Quarter-Finals, a remarkable achievement given that they could only ice 14 skaters for their first few games due to a COVID-19 outbreak.
Stuetzle is currently ranked third among point scorers at the 2021 WJC with 10 points (5 G, 5 A) in five games, and he was one of the biggest reasons why Germany made it as far in the tournament as they did.
The 18-year-old, who wore the “C” on his jersey for Germany, played with a real maturity and a real swagger, producing jaw-dropping play after jaw-dropping play that all deserve to be on an endless highlight reel.
It is somewhat feasible to think that Stuetzle has propelled himself to the top of the list when it comes to who the Senators fans are most excited about heading into the 2020-21 NHL season, and the exciting thing is that there will be a lot more to come.
Simply put, Tim Stuetzle turned heads in Edmonton and his skill set, ability to drive play, elite puck handling ability and quick shot all caught the eye, while the forward added a real physical edge to his game.
That will serve him well in North America and Stuetzle looks NHL ready, so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him on the Opening Night roster for the Senators.
Stuetzle is just a hell of a lot of fun to watch whenever he is out on the ice, and you can sense that something incredible is about to happen when he has the puck on his stick in the offensive zone.
That kind of high-end ability, coupled with a very high ceiling, means that the Ottawa Senators could very well have an elite franchise cornerstone on their hands, and Stuetzle really could be the spark this franchise needs.
He’s going to be a real crowdpleaser in Ottawa, especially once fans are allowed back into arenas, and his ability to take over a game and just dominate was perfectly proven in Germany’s win over Switzerland when Stuetzle recorded two goals and three assists for five points.
That’s a special kind of talent.
So, while it will be another week until he can join the Ottawa Senators for Camp, the wait will be totally worth it with Tim Stuetzle showing on the biggest stage what he’s made of and what the NHL should be prepared for.
Get ready, because the Tim Stuetzle show is on its way. And it is going to be electric.