The currently best ice hockey player in the NHL is from Germany: Leon Draisaitl. In 2014 he was selected by an NHL team. 18-year-old Tim Stützle has followed suit.

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Ice hockey professional Tim Stützle, born in Viersen, was selected in third place in the NHL draft six years ago, already the best NHL professional Leon Draisaitl. The Ottawa Senators decided on Tuesday evening (local time) for the 18-year-old attacker of the Adler Mannheim. Lukas Reichel from Berlin was also selected in the first round of the design. The Chicago Blackhawks picked him 17th.

“It’s just a great honor. My goal is to win trophies with Ottawa, and I want to play in the NHL as soon as possible,” Stützle said in a video press conference. “Ultimately, my goal is to have a long and successful NHL career. What Leon did last season – and he was also drafted in third place – is just unbelievable. That’s my goal to be like that.”

Selected as early as almost no other German athlete

Together with Draisaitl, Stützle now has the best value among men for the first selection of a German athlete in one of the North American professional competitions. Basketball player Satou Sabally was selected second for this season by the Dallas Wings and set the record.

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