There is a big difference between the ice at the Ottawa Senators’ home and the other six clubs in the National Hockey League (NHL). Unlike the Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs, Winnipeg Jets, Edmonton Oils, Calgary Flames and Vancouver Canucks locations, the Canadian Tire Center is not in the city center, but in Kanata, about 15 miles west of the capital.
And there is something else in Ottawa. The Senators are not looking for highly talented offspring from a traditional hockey country like Canada, Russia, Sweden, Finland or the United States to build their teams. Instead, he is a 19-year-old from West Germany, whom they are expecting. Although the Ottomans still struggle to pronounce the nickname Tim Stotel, the young German who epitomizes hope, ability and positivity is actually a fan favorite.
“The enthusiasm around me is so great. But it’s a lot of fun – and I really enjoy every second of it, “Schutzel told DW.
Game against gray beard
As the youngest of 750 players in the NHL, Stutzley has to compete with players who were in the league before he was born. An example of this is 41-year-old Joe Thornton, a fierce Senate contender, Toronto Maple Leaves. Thornton played his first game in the National Hockey League on October 8, 1997 – three years, three months and seven days before Stotzell’s birth.
Tim Stotzel (second from right) congratulates Senator Drake Patterson after scoring
Despite his young age and inexperience, the German teenager got a very special job. The Senators of Ottawa commissioned Stuttel with the mission to lead the club into the wilderness for years in a better and more prosperous future. Your mission is to make the Senators permanent candidates and contenders for the Senator Cup. And if you think it was very difficult to carry your thin shoulders, then you would be wrong.
“That’s why I’m so tall,” Stuttel said confidently.
Ottawa finished third on the draft last fall – and the fact that it was that high hit said something about how bad the Senators were last season. The design system is designed to help improve over time to provide an opportunity to include some of the most talented young players in beginner, college or European ice hockey. Now the Senators are in full redeem mode, with a roster that includes most of the players in their early 20s – and Stutzley will be the face of the club.
“Tim’s skills are incredible.” Senator DJ Smith’s trainer recently said, “Anything is possible for him.”
Speaking to DW earlier this season, Edmonton Oils star Leon Drestel described his compatriot as a “very talented young man” who had all the equipment and would “successfully find his way”.
Sports broadcaster TSN described Stutzel as the most anticipated rookie to hit the Canadian capital as Senator Jason Spezza took second choice in his 2001 draft.
The first goal is to highlight roles
This does not mean that the 18th Senate is actually the cornerstone of the franchise, but it is actually a player who is comfortable with Coach Smith when he is playing a strength role or as an extra striker when the goalkeeper is a Is in the fight. So let’s go to the game.
“I tried to prove myself as quickly as possible and gradually took on a leadership role while I was on ice in critical situations,” said Schazel.
In thirty-two games in his budding season, Stutzley scored six goals and 13 assists, and his first goal against Toronto on January 16 was impressive.
A tough start to the season
Schötzel says the start of the campaign was “very difficult”. The 5–3 win against Toronto was followed by a series of nine defeats. After 15 games, the record was 2 and 13. But it looks a bit. Ottawa’s record now ranks 12th and 20th, with three wins.
“We play most evenings,” Schutzel said. “We have taken a big step forward as a team.” Asked what was the highlight of his emerging season in the NHL, Stutzl hesitated before settling on 15 January. Not only did he turn 19 that night, he made his league debut 5–3 during the holidays.
Prior to the draft last October, Stutzl was largely unknown in North America, partly because he did not come from the junior or college system. Instead, Stuttgart stayed at home last season to play with the Mannheim Eagles, one of the best teams in the Bundesliga, Dell. He believes that playing with experienced professionals, including former NHL players last year, has benefited him immensely.
“I was able to learn an incredible amount, so maybe I would have gone one step further if I had played against the Youngsters another year,” Schutzel said.
As captain, Tim Stögel led Germany to the quarter-finals of the recent Junior World Championships
One step ahead with the youth of the world
He made his North American debut last December when he was the captain of Germany at the Junior World Championship in Edmonton. They would be thrilled by what the Senators and fan management saw: With five goals and five assists, Stostel was named the tournament’s best striker when he led Germany to the quarter-finals for the first time in world youth history. He said that the enthusiasm was very loud when he went to Ottawa.
I am very grateful. I am trying to make it and maybe it will affect people. “”
He has done it so far. The senator appointed savior has arrived in the NHL. It met initial expectations, indicated its potential and brought great luck to Ottawa fans hungry for success. It is a good start, but it is so; Beginning.
Adaptation: Chuck Penfold