Tim Stutzle spent his developmental years playing forward in his native Germany and debuted with Mannheim in Deutsche Eishockey Liga, the country's top professional league, in 2019-20. He opted to remain in Germany despite a verbal commitment to play at the University of New Hampshire.
He scored 34 points (seven goals, 27 assists) in 41 games with Mannheim in 2019-20, and the Ottawa Senators chose him with the No. 3 pick in the 2020 NHL Draft. The Senators used the pick they acquired in the trade that sent defenseman Erik Karlsson to the San Jose Sharks on Sept. 13, 2018.