The Colorado Avalanche would love to pick a speedy, crafty player with swagger like Tim Stutzle, but he won’t fall low enough on the board.
The Colorado Avalanche will pick low in the draft, probably bottom three. The speedy forward out of Germany, Tim Stutze, will have already been picked.
The Colorado Avalanche will probably pick very low in the 2020 NHL Draft, when Quinton Byfield is long-gone from the draft board.
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The Colorado Avalanche are likely to pick #29 in the first round of the 2020 NHL Draft. So, forward Tim Stutzle is another player who will not fall into their realm of selections.
Stutzle is an 18-year-old out of Viersen, Germany. He’s an average-sized player at 6-foot, 187 pounds. He’s ranked first-overall for European players and pretty consistently at #3-overall for 2020 draft rankings.
So, let’s see what makes forward Tim Stutze rank so high on draft lists.
Tim Stutzle Stats
Forward Tim Stutzle played last season for the Adler Mannheim of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga, the top-tier hockey league in Germany. He has also represented his country extensively on the world stage.
In 41 games for the Adler Mannheim, Studler has recorded 7 goals and 27 assists for 34 points. His previous season, he played for the Jungadler Mannheim U20, where he recorded 55 points (21 goals, 23 assists) in just 21 games.
Stutzle has, of course, represented Germany in many Worlds competitions. In 2017018, he played in three tournaments for a combined 21 games. He recorded 11 goals and 14 assists for 25 points. The next year he played in four tournaments for a combined 20 games and recorded 12 goals and 25 assists for 27 points. Last year, he was in two tournaments at 13 games. He recorded 2 goals and 12 assists for 14 points.
Tim Stutzle Highlights
The quality that comes up over and over again with Stutzle is his speed. NHL Central Scouting describes him thus:
"“His speed is impressive … he can fly. Stuetzle’s puck handling and vision are also excellent. He’s got a good attitude, works hard on every shift, and is so confident with the puck. He’s also a little bit cocky on the ice, but in a positive way.”"
Apparently he’s a player with swagger.
Luckily, he’s got the work ethic to back his confidence up. Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com says the following of him:
"“A hard-working left-handed shot who is capable of playing all situations with speed, great vision and some swagger.”"
He mentions the swagger, too.
So, let’s see Tim Stutzle in action:
You can definitely see the speed and the hands in his play. And, yeah, the confidence is there.
Colorado Avalanche and Tim Stutzle
Tim Stutzle is an intriguing player. I really like the combination he represents of skill, speed, work ethic, and swagger. I think he would be a really good fit for the Colorado Avalanche. Most players on our team have at least a couple of those attributes, so it’s a team identity.
As I said, though, the Colorado Avalanche will not be picking a player who’s going to make the NHL in the time frame that Stutzle is likely on. It’s hard to say if Stutzle can make the NHL out of training camp next season — whatever that’s going to look like — but it’s a possibility. Coming out of Europe, though, he may have to spend some time at the AHL level to learn the North American game.
The Avs will be picking a player who either goes to college or back to major juniors.
Well, whatever the 2020 NHL Draft looks like, it will be unique. I’m sure the Avalanche will get a good player even if it isn’t Tim Stutzle.