The Ottawa Senators have already been in camp for several days already, but the team will get another big name player into camp soon as 2020 first-round pick Tim Stuetzle arrived in Ottawa Saturday night. The 18-year-old is coming off an impressive performance at the World Junior Championship after he led Team Germany to one of the countries best finishes ever. After a seven-day quarantine, he will join his team and is likely to start his NHL career, according to the Ottawa Citizen’s Bruce Garrioch.
“I hope I’m going to play in the NHL this season, that’s 100% my goal and I will work very hard for that,” Stuetzle told reporters in Edmonton following Germany’s elimination in the quarterfinals.
Stuetzle finished the World Juniors with five goals and 10 points in five games. The third-overall pick, who signed his entry-level deal last week, is likely going to play wing for the Senators this season.
- Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe surprised a few at his opening press conference today when he announced that 41-year-old Joe Thornton will play with Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner on a line entering camp, according to The Athletic’s James Mirtle. That’s a bit higher than many thought he would play on after a seven-goal season with the San Jose Sharks last year. Keefe added that Jimmy Vesey will play alongside John Tavares and William Nylander, while Ilya Mikheyev, Alexander Kerfoot and Zach Hyman will play on the third line and Wayne Simmonds, Jason Spezza and Alexander Barabanov will man the fourth line.
- Speaking of lines, Florida Panthers head coach Joel Quenneville said today that newly signed forward Anthony Duclair is expected to start training camp on the team’s No. 1 line next to Aleksander Barkov and Jonathan Huberdeau, according to FloridaHockeyNow’s George Richards. Duclair had trouble finding a new team after an impressive season with the Ottawa Senators when he tallied 23 goals and 40 points in 66 games. With the losses of Evgenii Dadonov and Mike Hoffman off their top-six, Duclair was brought in to take a big role with the Panthers this season.
- The Minnesota Wild haven’t had to make a change in their captaincy since 2009, but after allowing Mikko Koivu to leave via free agency during the offseason, a new captain was needed. Despite bigger names on the roster such as Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, the Minnesota Wild announced that Jared Spurgeon will be the new captain of the team, according to Sarah McLellan of the StarTribune. Spurgeon, who signed a seven-year, $53MM contract extension in September of 2019, has been a team leader for years and has been with the team for 10 years already. The 31-year-old paired with Suter as the two of them posted a plus-13 at 5-on-5 together, making them one of the top No. 1 pairings in the league.