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Stuetzle on position choice, reaction to Draft Lottery on NHL Draft Class

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Tim Stuetzle is willing to play whatever position the NHL team that selects him wants him to play.

Stuetzle, the No. 1 ranked player in NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of International skaters for the 2020 NHL Draft, played left wing for Mannheim in Deutsche Eishockey Liga, Germany's top pro league, and was that league's rookie of the year. He also played center for Germany at the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship and had five assists in five games.

"I like both, I have no problem with each of them," Stuetzle told NHL Draft Class hosts Adam Kimelman and Mike G. Morreale. "I'm going to play what the team wants me to play. If they want me to play wing, I'm going play wing. If they need a center, I'll play center. I would say it's 50/50. But in the end, I think maybe in a couple years I would be a better center."

Stuetzle (6-foot-1, 187 pounds) also talked about how much weight he's added since his season ended due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus, if he watched the NHL Draft Lottery on Friday and if he thinks he's ready to play in the NHL next season.

The hosts also discussed their recent mock drafts following the lottery, which set the order for the top eight picks. A placeholder team won, which created the need for a Second Phase of the lottery, which will determine the No. 1 pick. That will be held after the end of the Stanley Cup Qualifiers and include the eight teams that lose in the best-of-5 series. Each of those eight teams will have a 12.5 percent chance of winning the No. 1 pick.

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