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Tim Stutzle Could Be A Draft Option For The Wings

04/28/2020 at 2:02pm EDT

from Mark Falkner of the Detroit News,

A year after the Red Wings' general manager selected Mannheim defenseman Moritz Seider with the sixth overall pick in the 2019 draft, Seider's former teammate Tim Stutzle is the No. 1-ranked European player for the 2020 draft and could form a potential one-two punch from Germany, one of the emerging hockey nations in the world.

Yzerman knows all about Stutzle, a 6-foot, 190-pound winger who was named rookie of the year with 34 points in 41 games with the Mannheim Eagles in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga, Germany's top-tier men's league.

A year ago while scouting Seider in Mannheim, Yzerman met Stutzle for an informal conversation about the forward's future.

"It was great to talk to such a legend," Stutzle said. "I wasn't that high on the draft list but he wanted to know what I was going to do the following season. The discussion was about staying in Mannheim or going the college hockey route. It was my first conversation with an NHL manager and it was really interesting."

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