Ottawa Senators recent first-round pick Tim Stuetzle will undergo surgery on his arm. He is expected to be out 6-8 weeks due to the injury. The news was first announced by his DEL team Adler Mannheim Eagles in German. The Senators released a statement confirming the news shortly after.
Tim Stuetzle to have Arm Surgery
It’s uncertain how or when Stuetzle sustained the injury. However, Senators general manager Pierre Dorion stated the following in the team’s news release:
“In consultation with doctors in Germany and with our own medical staff, it has been determined that Tim requires a surgical procedure to stabilize a fracture. The procedure is scheduled to take place in Germany later this week and has an expected recovery time of six to eight weeks. Our medical staff will remain in regular contact with Tim and his doctors as he begins his recovery through to the point that he is medically cleared.”
In 41 games with Mannheim last season, Stuetzle scored seven goals and added 27 assists for 34 points.
Stuetzle was drafted third overall by the Ottawa Senators in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft.
What This Means for the Future
Stuetzle will miss the next 6-8 weeks due to the injury. With the start date for the NHL season still up in the air, Stuetzle will be ready in plenty of time to open the season for Ottawa, if he does in fact make the team and they sign him to an entry-level contract. Which given the state of the Senators, all signs point to that being the case.
Stuetzle is an outstanding skater and oozes with offensive talent. He played most of last season on the wing, however, projects to become a top-line centre in the future at the NHL level. This is just a small hiccup in what promises to be an outstanding career for the young German. He will continue to play for Mannheim until things get straightened out with the NHL. Then, it’s possible we see Stuetzle make the jump to North America and start the season with the Senators.