The Ottawa Senators are locking young star Tim Stützle to an eight-year contract, Senators general manager Pierre Dorion said Wednesday.
The deal carries an AAV of $8.35 million and will kick in during the 2023-24 season.
Chosen by the Senators third overall in the 2020 draft, Stützle was a dynamic force in his early NHL campaigns. In two seasons, Stützle appeared in 132 games scoring 34 goals and 87 points. This past season has been a pivotal year for him. He scored 22 goals and 58 points in 79 games.
The young German has quickly become a fan favorite in the Ottawa market and rightly so. Now the team are asking a young star to commit to a long-term contract there.
Stutlze is a power-play threat, providing seven percent more offense than the league average, according to HockeyViz.com. His even-strength offensive game is four percent below league average while having above-average shooting. Defensively, he contributed 3% above the league average.
On top of all that, the Senators took a big step forward this offseason by building a better supporting cast with Alex DeBrincat, Claude Giroux, Connor Brown and Cam Talbot.
Stützle’s new contract has a chance of becoming hugely valuable in no time.
Zach Laing is the News Director and Senior Columnist for the Nation Network. He can be followed on Twitter at @zjlaingor attached by email to [email protected]