2019-2020 Season Recap
GP: 41 G: 7 A: 27 P: 34 +/-: 4
Ranked 14 by TSN at the beginning of the season, Stützle shot up draft rankings throughout the whole year.
The World Juniors was where Stützle became noticed on an international scale. While people in the scouting community held the German forward in high regard, he was a relative unknown to the normal hockey fan. After the tournament, many fans of opposing teams were captivated by the noticeable talent on display by Stützle.
While not producing at a crazy level during the tournament, finishing with 5 assists in 5 contests for the underdog German squad, they held in tough in the “group of death” and Stützle played a big role in that. Even though they didn’t make the playoffs, they upset the Czech Republic and gave Canada and the Americans tough games.
He was garnering a lot of attention during the tournament, and gained a lot of fans from his play:
Team Canada assistant coach Andre Tourigny was impressed by Stützle’s performance:
"“Really good young player,” said Canadian assistant Andre Tourigny, also coach of the Ontario Hockey League’s Ottawa 67’s. “He’s fast, he’s tough, he has some creativity. I really like his game.”"
The quote from the Sportsnet article “Tim Stutzle leading next generation of Germany’s elite hockey talent” which can be found at the link here.
While the World Juniors shouldn’t be a huge measuring stick in assessing a player’s future, the difference between Stützle and Byfield at the tournament was staggering.
He also added 5 points in 8 champions league games for Mannheim as well, he was one of their better players while being just 17-years old for the majority of the season.