Tim Stutzle has been a prolific scorer at each level that he’s played in his young career. He is a strong candidate to be a top ten selection at the 2020 NHL draft.
Date of Birth: January 15, 2002
Place of Birth: Viersen, Germany
Weight: 165 lbs
Draft year: 2020
Skating ( A+ )
Speed and quickness are traits that Stutzle possesses. His starts are explosive, his edge-work elite and his top-end speed exceptional. He is one of the very best skaters in the 2020 NHL draft class.
Hockey IQ ( A )
High hockey intellect and remarkable vision are other characteristics of his game that are noteworthy. His offensive instincts are special and far outweigh the deficiency in his defensive zone awareness.
Shooting ( A )
With the ability to get himself into a position to shoot long before the puck arrives, coupled with a deceptively quick release make Stutzle extremely dangerous. He also possesses a highly accurate shot which helps to make him the dynamic scorer that he is.
Size and physicality ( C )
Getting bigger and stronger are issues that will become more prominent as he progresses to higher levels. To date, Stutzle has not had to deal with these aspects. Although, playing in the German DEL this season among men, they will become a more significant concern.
Defensive game ( C )
The downside of having been as dynamic an offensive player as Stutzle has is that he hasn’t spent a great deal of time focusing on the defensive aspect of the game. His defensive zone awareness is a slight concern, but with his overall hockey sense and willingness to learn, he will undoubtedly grasp this concept.
Puck protection and skills ( B+)
I have seen the occasional dazzling stick-handling display by Stutzle in the games that I’ve watched. Although for the most part, he relies on his speed and mobility to find open lanes in which to maintain possession. His use of body positioning for puck protection is quite average. Defenders are aware of his dynamic scoring ability and blazing speed which often allows him the space to freewheel in the offensive zone.
Playmaking ( A )
With the space that Stutzle creates and his extraordinary vision, he can find teammates in prime scoring positions. He distributes the puck with a high percentage of tape-to-tape passes with only the occasional one that is off the mark.
With the numbers that Stutzle has managed over his junior career, it will be very intriguing to see how he does playing with men. Last season in 21 games played for Adler Mannheim U20 team he had 55 points. Playing with the men’s team in the Champions Hockey League competition he has registered four points in four games. He will be a very interesting player to watch at the 2020 World Junior Championships.
Rick Warman is a Vancouver Canucks and prospects contributor for Overtime Heroics. Follow him @statman1956 on Twitter
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