The Ottawa Senators’ top prospect Tim Stuetzle joined the team for Sunday’s practice. He had been quarantining since leaving the World Junior Championship (WJC) in Edmonton and then traveled straight to Ottawa. The 18-year-old phenom had an impressive WJC, scoring five goals and five assists in five games for Team Germany – a great two-points-per-game average.
Given his draft position, his size and strength, and his success at the WJC, it looks like he has a great shot of becoming a regular on this rebuilding Senators’ roster. Obviously, no one wants to rush the team’s third overall draft pick; however, on the other hand, everyone wants to see how he does as well. He has a chance to crack this roster, but will he?
Today Was Stuetzle’s First Day with the Senators: How Did It Go?
Sunday was Stuetzle’s first practice with the Senators. He admitted that he “was nervous at the beginning … but the boys did all the best to get the nervousness away from me, so I felt very good and comfortable on the ice with them. It was such an exciting day.”
Stuetzle was partnered with two Senators’ newcomers. One was Derek Stepan, who played last season; with the Arizona Coyotes; the second was Evgenii Dadonov, who was signed after three strong seasons with the Florida Panthers.
In two short Sportsnet videos released today, Stuetzle shared his excitement about finally being able to join the Senators’ training camp. In the first video, the young forward prospect spoke about his first day of practice with his new team. It was obvious that he was excited to finally be back on the ice.
Video One: Reviewing Stuetzle’s First Day of Practice with the Senators
Specifically, Stuetzle noted that he “was very excited just getting here.” He also shared how important it was that he was able to get to know all his teammates. He also noted that he was looking forward to being able to play with them.
About his first day on the ice, he was obviously excited. As he recounted the day, it was “just an unbelievable day.” Apparently encouraged by new teammate Brady Tkachuk, he even was asked to lead the team’s warm-up activities and the morning stretch. Stuetzle reported that he “kind of” liked doing it.
Video Two: Stuetzle Brings High Expectations, But Needs To Prove Himself
Obviously, Stuetzle comes to the team with lofty expectations; however, he also knows he needs to prove himself to both the team and to the NHL. During his second interview, Stuetzle spoke about the expectations Senators fans might have for him. However, he also reminded fans that he realizes he’ll need to prove himself with the Senators.
Stuetzle Is Honored by the Excitement of Senators’ Fans
When responding to comments about how excited Senators’ fans were about his arrival, the 18-year-old noted that it was great. However, he also repeats his desire to prove himself in Ottawa. His goal is to have a good training camp, which to him simply means playing good hockey.
Those goals – playing good hockey and proving himself are, as Stuetzle notes his first steps towards making his presence felt with his new team.
Good luck to him over the next week.
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