At the 2001 U18 WJC in Lahti and Helsinki, Finland, the NHL scouts first got a glimpse of Tim Ramholt. He made notice of himself with his precocious play, his cleverness and his consequent physical play. Ramholt wasn’t be drafted until the 2003-2004 NHL Entry Draft because he was born late 1984
(after the 15 September cut date). However it is clear the youngest player of the Silver winning team will get drafted. He has got all the tools to become an NHL defenseman.
Tim Ramholt is more talented than his eight-year older brother Arne, who has played in Chicago’s farm team Norfolk Admirals (AHL). Ramholt is a good skater and has a good techically strong, nevertheless he doesn’t stay away from the physical game and also posses a good positional sense. He is looking quite comfortable and not nervous on the ice in the Swiss league, despite his young age. The defenseman needs to work on his shot and he will need to add some more weight in the next couple of years.
2 seasons ago Ramholt was already a first team regular at ZSC Lions’ farm tam GCK/Lions where he did take the responisiblity that comes with the position. Last season Ramholt played a nearly full season in the Swiss Elite League with ZSC Lions.
His biggest goal is to play in the NHL however and he is working hard to reach that. Ramholt tried to pick up things from teammates and coaches. His motto is “no complaining, but work hard”. Currently he is listed in the top 5 of 1984 born defensemen. Ramholt’s fame in the Swiss league will not get him off track to hunt his NHL dream. ZSC Lions seems only a temporary
station for him while it is expected Ramholt will play in North America within 2 season and could be playing in the NHL within 4 years.
This year however there is not much ice time available on the talent packed ZSC Lions roster for the youngster. Best for him is to get some ice time elsewhere in the NLA or perhaps in the NLB since his current position will not do much good for his draft position next summer. It was rumoured he had been offered an OHL spell last sumer but he preferred to stay at home in Zürich where the money was better as well.
The upcoming WJC in Halifax and Sydney will become very important for Ramholt, as he will realise the scouts’ eyes will be on him. Other then that there won’t be many more other occassions where he can put himself in the spotlights. So Tim Ramholt will need to rise to the occassion as great players always do.