Training Camp Buzz: Stuetzle has first practice with Senators


Welcome to the 2020-21 NHL training camp buzz. Training camp is underway for all 31 teams and has you covered with all the latest news.


Ottawa Senators

Tim Stuetzle practiced with the Senators for the first time Sunday.

The No. 3 pick in the 2020 NHL Draft quarantined for seven days after arriving in Ottawa from Edmonton, where he played for Germany in the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship. Stuetzle scored 10 points (five goals, five assists), averaged 25:40 of ice time in five games and was named best forward at the tournament. 

Stuetzle played left wing at the WJC, and likely will start there for the Senators. He turns 19 on Friday, when the Senators begin their season against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Canadian Tire Centre (7 p.m. ET; TSN5, NHL.TV). 

Tweet from @Senators: 18 time. #Sens | @SportChek

Derek Stepan also practiced with Ottawa for the first time after the end of his seven-day quarantine. The center was traded to the Senators by the Arizona Coyotes on Dec. 26. 

Tweet from @Senators: First #Sens practice for Derek Stepan 👌🏻


New York Rangers

Mika Zibanejad skated with the Rangers for the first time in training camp. He was the center on a line with Chris Kreider and Pavel Buchnevich but is not expected to play in a scrimmage Sunday night.

Tweet from @drosennhl: I’m told Zibanejad WILL NOT play in the scrimmage tonight.

Zibanejad skated prior to practice Saturday and was day to day since the Rangers started on-ice sessions Monday.


Columbus Blue Jackets

Michael Del Zotto signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Blue Jackets.

The 30-year-old defenseman signed a professional tryout contract Dec. 25.

“Michael has great vision and puck moving ability and has been every bit as good as we thought he would be when we brought him to camp,” Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said. “We think the blue line is a real strength for our team, but you can never have enough good defensemen, particularly in a season like this with so many games in a relatively short period of time, and Michael has fit in very well with our group.”

-Main photo courtesy of Ottawa Senators

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