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TIM STUETZLE UPDATES HIS STATUS AHEAD OF WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP

It's nearly been two months since Ottawa Senators prospect, Tim Stuetzle, injured his hand requiring surgery to fix the issue. Stuetzle said in an interview with Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun, that he will be at 100% going into the 2021 World Juniors.

“I’m feeling very, very good. I’m getting better and better every day and I’m happy to be on the ice with the rest of the team,” Stuetzle said in a telephone interview. “Today was my checkup with the doctor and everything looks really good.”

“Hopefully I’ll be back to 100 per cent with my hand in the next one to two weeks. I’ll start skating with the team (even more). I’ve had four days with the team but not taking part in all the drills. I’ll be able to do some of the 3-on-2 drills so I’ll be glad to do that.”

Stuetzle has been on the ice for the last couple of weeks, and started shooting pucks again last week. He admits that his biggest thing to do going into the World Juniors is finding his comfort zone, and he went on to say he that expects to be ready for Germany's training camp.

“It’s totally different in a game than it is in practice,” he said. “We’ll see how it’s in a game but in the training I’ve done it’s felt very good.”

“I’m not 100% yet. We’ll see what happens and I hope I can be with the guys on the ice for all the drills, but I don’t want to risk anything by doing anything too early,” Stuetzle said. “I need to be smart in those situations. We have great physio people in Mannheim and they’ll tell me when I’m back 100% can do all the drills. That’s not going to be a big deal but my goal is to play as soon as possible and do all the drills.”

This will be Stuetzle's second time playing for Germany at the World Juniors, after putting up five points (5 A), 2 penalty minutes, and was a -2 in five games.

“It’s always a big honour for me to play for Germany and we have a great team again with some young guys,” said Stuetzle. “I’m looking forward to seeing all the guys again and having fun with them. We have a couple of goals that we want to reach and with this team it’s possible to reach those goals.

“We have great character on our team. We’re all looking forward to seeing each other again and we always have fun with the national team. It’s going to be a little different under different circumstances, but in the end we’re just looking forward to getting to Canada and playing the tournament. We have a good group.”

He went on to talk about joining the Senators for the 2020-21 NHL season, and that his goal is to be in the NHL as soon as possible. His agent is currently working on getting him signed to an entry-level contract soon, while the Senators have to work on getting Stuetzle released from his contract with Mannheim of the DEL.

“My goal is to play in Ottawa next season and get there as soon as possible. Nobody knows when the NHL is going to start yet. Hopefully, everything works out the way I want it to.”

Stuetzle, 18, was drafted in the first round, third overall by the Ottawa Senators in the 2020 NHL entry draft.





Source: Bruce Garrioch/Ottawa Sun
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