Schutz was one of few Germans to be playing in the Canadian Hockey League, and was one of the best, though he did not get much exposure, playing for the expansion Saint John Sea Dogs. Schutz was selected 41st overall in the 2005 Import Draft. He showed great talent for the young and inexperienced squad, posting 52 points in 65 games, leading the team in assists and points, and finishing second in goals. He was also a member of Germany’s World Junior squad, playing in the first division, where he picked up four points in five games.
October 2006 Q&A with Schutz
2005-06: A breakout year for the center, Schutz recorded career highs in goals (21), assists (31) and points (52) in his first season in North America.
2006-07: Schutz split the season between Saint John and Val d’Or Foreurs (QMJHL). In 18 games with the Sea Dogs, he tallied four goals and 11 points. After the move, he racked up 33 points (15g+18a), adding another 15 points (5g+10a) in 20 playoff games. He also appeared in six games for the German National U20 squad at the WJC; he scored five goals (tied for move with Cherepanov, Kane, Mikus, and Osala) and eight points.
2007-08: After three seasons in the QMJHL, the German center returned home to suit up for Ingolstadt ERC (DEL). In 46 games he scored 12 goals and 25 points, while tallying a career-high 76 penalty minutes.
2008-09: This marked Schutz’s first season of professional hockey, and he spent it with the Portland Pirates (AHL). In 78 games he tallied 15 goals and 42 points. His 61 penalty minutes were among career-highs for the center.
2009-10: The German center brought with him a 2nd season with Buffalo’s AHL team, and was unable to improve upon his rookie season in the pros. Although he played less games, Felix was only able to put together a 13 goal, 27 point season with Portland.
Talent AnalysisSchutz has steadily developed into a respectable prospect at center. He has a compact frame, with good strength and a willingness to go into the corners. As a smooth skater, he has the ability to put his teammates in the position to score, and can chip in himself with a quick wrist shot.
Shutz has returned to Europe and is likely not in future plans for the Sabres.