Continuing our series on the Calder Trophy candidates. Let us talk about a pair in Ottawa Josh Norris and Tim Stützle.
Let’s start with Norris, shall we?
Norris was originally drafted Nineteenth overall in the First Round of the 2017 Draft by the San Jose Sharks. Norris originally from Oxford, Michigan played Junior hockey in Oakland, Michigan for the Jr. Grizzlies. His father, former NHLer Dwayne Norris, Played in Germany in the DEL. Josh spent most of his first 11 years in Germany.
The US Development Team
His play in Oakland earned Norris a spot on the U.S. Development team. He played 2 years for Team USA in the USHL. In his first year at the age of 17, he played 24 games in the regular season and he earned 7 points (2 Goals, 5 Assists). His performance earned him a U-17 berth representing the US and he had 5 points in 5 games (Not bad a point a game!!!). Unfortunately, that year the US finished 6th.
Josh Norris at The University of Michigan
In 2016-17 Norris got much better, he played 25 games and had 26 points (12 Goals, 14 Assists). On September,21,2016 Josh Norris committed to play hockey at the University of Michigan. In Josh Norris’s first year in the Maize and Blue, his numbers were ok. In 37 games Josh had 23 points (8 Goals, 15 assists). That performance earned him a spot on the U-18 Team USA Squad. Josh, and teammate in the USHL and now Ottawa Brady Tkachuk. Along with many other now known NHLers Team USA won gold that year defeating Finland 4-2
Josh Norris Traded to Ottawa
2018-19 was another interesting season for Josh, He found out on September 13, 2018, that his rights to play in the NHL. Were traded from the San Jose Sharks to the Ottawa Senators. Himself, Forwards Rudolf Balcers, and Chris Tierney, Defensemen Dylan DeMelo, a 2019 Second, and a First in 2020 for star Defensemen Erik Karlsson.
Josh returned to Michigan where He played 17 games. Even though he got injured in the 2019 worlds that year and had to sit the remainder of the season. In those 17 games he had (10 Goals, 9 Assists). His ten goals were tied for team-high in goals and Josh Ranked Second in points tied with US Hockey, and Michigan Teammate Quinn Hughes.
Josh Norris in Belleville
On May 27, 2019, Josh signed his Entry-Level contract with the Ottawa Senators. Josh was assigned his first year to their AHL Affiliate the Belleville Senators. 2019-20 In Belleville Josh Norris was an absolute machine. He played 56 games and amassed 61 points (31 goals, 30 Assists). Josh Norris was named to the All-Rookie team and was a First Team All-Star.
His performance earned him a promotion into the NHL on February 22, 2020. Josh Played 3 games but was invited to stay for training camp for the 2020-21 season. And as of this writing, Josh Norris has played 33 games and he has 17 points (7 Goals, 10 Assists) and he centers the line of Drake Batherson and The other Calder Candidate.
Who is this mystery man? Why it’s the other half of the Senator duo Tim Stützle.
Tim Stützle is a winger from Viersen, Germany who was drafted 3rd overall by the Senators. His announced pick was actually announced by Former Jeopardy and Legendary game show host Alex Trebek an Ottawa native R.I.P. Alex.
Tim Plays for Jungadler Mannheim
Tim played in the German Juniors developmental league for a team called Jungadler Mannheim. He played 2 seasons with Jungadler Mannheim. 2017-18 he played 25 games and had 47 points (18 Goals, 29 Assists). Where the next year Tim Played fewer games 21 but yet had many more points. Tim ended the 2018-19 season with 55 points (23 Goals, 32 Assists).
Stützle shafts the states
In 2019 Tim Stützle made a decision. After already committing to go to school in the States at the University of New Hampshire. Tim was also drafted by the Seattle Thunderbirds in the CHL import draft. Tim decided to stay in Germany and signed a 3-year contract with Adler Mannheim. Where he did fairly well in 41 games, he had 34 points (7 Goals, 27 Assists)
Tim Playing in the World juniors with Germany
When you think World Juniors, Germany is not one of the teams you talk about. The Germans have been lower-tier participants, to say the least, but the emergence of Tim helped the Germans. Tim played 4 years straight for the German national team, but 2021 was their coming-out party. Tim played in the U-18 world championships in Divison 1 in both 2018-19, and 2019-20. Tim played 10 games and amassed a total of 13 points. Unfortunately, the Germans finished 12th in 2018 and 11th in 2019.
In 2020 was when he was recognized by his teammates. Tim was named the best player for team Germany after their first qualifying match against mighty Kazakhstan (Sarcasm). Tim had 5 assists and played 18 minutes of ice time each game, and was named an A-Rated skater.
In 2021 during the global pandemic history was made, and it was because of Stutzle. He was named team captain for the Germans for the first time. The Germans also made the playoff round of the world juniors for the first time. Tim had 5 goals and 5 assists in 5 games and was named player of the game in their second game against world junior powerhouse team Canada. After the Tournament in which the Germans were eliminated first round to the Russians. Tim was named best forward by the directorate and named to the media’s All-Star team.
Stutlze in Ottawa with Norris
In 2020 while training with Mannheim Stützle suffered a Broken arm that required surgery and a 6-to-8-week recovery process. In December,27,2020 (Merry Christmas Tim you hurt yourself) Tim was offered an entry-level contract and started healing for the NHL. That way he could be ready by training camp.
The 18-year-old was paired with Josh Norris and Drake Batherson. Tim has 30 games played this season and has 18 points on the season (6 Goals, 12 Assists), and is in prime shape to be a solid winger on this team. Tim was named Rookie of the Month in February after Acquiring 10 points in 14 games (3 goals, 7 assists). Just edging out Kirill and Kaapo from the Wild, and Kevin Lankinen, and Pius Suter from The Blackhawks.
Remember the Sly Fox sniffs out the story for the fans.
Jeremy “Fox” Miller