The Ottawa Senators have lost star rookie Tim Stützle for a brief period of time due to a minor injury. He is currently day-to-day. Ottawa is 1-1 so far, but this injury doesn’t help their chances in the short-term. TSN’s Brent Wallace announced the injury early Tuesday morning.
Tim Stützle is out with a minor injury and is listed as day to day. #sens
— Brent Wallace (@tsn_wally) January 19, 2021
Senators Tim Stützle Out
Stützle is off to a good start for the 2020-21 season. He has one goal in two games with four shots and two penalty minutes. He also has a 43.5 percent Corsi For with a 4.5 relative Corsi. Obviously, two games is not a large enough sample to draw conclusions about the year, but he will be a huge part of Ottawa’s success both this year and over the course of his career. Fans will need to watch closely when he returns and see how Ottawa deploys the 19-year-old.
The Sens originally drafted Stützle third overall in the recent 2020 Draft after a successful stint with Adler Mannheim in Germany’s Deutsch Eishockey Liga. It was there that the young forward posted seven goals and 34 points in 41 games in 2019-20. He was also a big driver of Germany’s success at the recent World Juniors, where he scored five goals and 10 points in five games. That tied for the team-lead with fellow 2020 draftee, John-Jason Peterka.
What This Means for Ottawa
Ottawa shouldn’t be without Stützle for too long, but they do have enough depth to cover his absence in the meantime. It’s possible that Alex Galchenyuk moves into the starting lineup after not playing in the team’s first two contests. The 26-year-old has a lot to prove after a disappointing 2019-20 that featured just eight goals and 24 points in 59 games. The former third overall pick from 2012 will want to use this opportunity to grab regular ice time. It will be interesting to see what he can do with the opportunity until Stützle comes back.
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