OTTAWA - The Ottawa Senators (@Senators) have signed forward Tim Stuetzle to a three-year, entry-level contract.
A native of Viersen, Germany, Stuetzle, 18, appeared in 41 of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga's Adler Mannheim Eagles' 52 regular-season games in 2019-20, in what was his first season playing in Germany's top professional league, and registered 34 points (seven goals, 27 assists) to rank seventh among Eagles in scoring despite being the youngest full-time player in the DEL.
"Tim possesses an exceptional blend of both speed and skill and a playmaking ability that our fans are going to enjoy watching for several years to come," said Ottawa Senators general manager Pierre Dorion. "He's a dynamic forward who we expect to become a key piece of our roster as we continue trending towards icing an eventual elite-level team."
Selected with the Senators' first of three first-round picks (third overall) of the 2020 NHL Draft, Stuetzle also spent a portion of last season skating for Germany's U-20 World Junior Championship team in the Czech Republic where he tied for fourth among German skaters with five points (five assists) over five of Germany's seven tournament contests. Recently named German team captain at this year's U-20 WJC, his team continues tournament play when it opposes Slovakia on Monday in Edmonton.
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