Ottawa Senators’ top pick Tim Stuetzle will undergo surgery for arm injury
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“We will be talking to them for sure,” Alavaara said.
Stuetzle has been on the ice since mid-July and Alavaara is confident he’ll make a full recovery. He added that Stuetzle will be able to “begin skating soon.”
“It’s been a long pre-season for him no doubt,” Alavaara said. “I don’t have any concerns about the future.”
Alavaara said the injury took place during a contract drill.
“I wasn’t there but according to the coach Pavel Gross when I talked to him after he said it was a drill they had and two players bumped into each other,” said Alavaara. “It was Tim Stuetzle and another player and he was cutting his lane a little bit and it wasn’t a hard check or anything. They bumped into each other and it was an unlucky angle.”
The announcement was made on the club’s website early Tuesday.
Stuetzle had seven goals and 34 points with Mannheim in 41 games last season and also suited up for Germany at the world junior championship. He’s been on the ice with his club team through the course of the summer and has been training to get ready for whatever happens because the DEL year hasn’t started, either.
“[Stuetzle] will not be able to participate in training for the next six to eight weeks,” a translated version of the news release said. “The Eagles wish their youngster a trouble-free operation and a speedy recovery.”
Of course, Stuetzle does have the gift of time because training camp over here isn’t expected to get under way until mid-December at the earliest. Right now, the NHL season is supposed to start Jan. 1 but that date is written in pencil and that means he’s going to have no issue being ready to make the trek overseas.
The Senators are confident Stuetzle will be able to step into the lineup right away.
“It’s tough news for any young kid who wants to be on the ice and practice all the time,” Alavaara said. “You always try to find something positive in a tough situation like this and maybe it’s good for him to recharge a little bit and focus on his recovery.
“There’s nothing good about an injury like this.”