Five Things We’ve Learned about the Ottawa Senators in 2022-23

OTTAWA, CANADA - MARCH 27: Alex DeBrincat #12 of the Ottawa Senators celebrates his second period goal against the Florida Panthers with his teammate Derick Brassard #61 at Canadian Tire Centre on March 27, 2023 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Chris Tanouye/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images)
OTTAWA, CANADA - MARCH 27: Alex DeBrincat #12 of the Ottawa Senators celebrates his second period goal against the Florida Panthers with his teammate Derick Brassard #61 at Canadian Tire Centre on March 27, 2023 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Chris Tanouye/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images) /
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Tim Stützle is Elite.

Drafted third overall in the 2020 NHL Draft, Tim Stützle has most certainly established himself as an elite number-one center in the National Hockey League, and if it weren’t for Erik Karlsson, there’s a very good chance he would not even BE an Ottawa Senator, he’d most likely be a San Jose Shark. That’s a scary thought. Stützle leads the 2020 Draft Class in goals, assists, and points by a landslide. He most recently eclipsed the 100-assist mark against the Philadelphia Flyers on March 30th. Altogether, in 203 NHL games (so far) he has scored  71 goals and 100 assists for 171 points. This season particularly he has had a surge in his development. In 73 games so far this season, he has scored 37 goals and 47 assists for 84 points.

Tim Stutzle is the first Ottawa Senator to eclipse the 82-point mark since Erik Karlsson did it in 2015-16. He is also the first player on pace to hit the 90-point mark since Jason Spezza did it in 2007-08. If you want to take a look around the NHL, he is having basically an identical development curve to Jack Hughes.

Tim Stutzle is on pace to be the first-line center for a very long time, and his contract is already a massive steal. Given his current pace, I could see him hitting the 100-point plateau next season and the sky is genuinely the limit for this young stud.