Lukas Stoop has been making big steps the past few years. After having played at the junior level for GCK Lions in 2005-06, the defenseman decided to finish the season amongst the seniors albeit at amateur level.
2006-07: Stoop landed a job at the second Swiss level (NationalLiga B) where he played 14 games for the GCK Lions and four more for the Swiss U20 team. Never known to be an offensive dynamo, Stoop recorded a pair of assists that year. He capped the season as a member of the successful junior team that went all the way in the playoffs.
2007-08: With a season of pro experience under his belt, Stoop jumped on the opportunity to play at the highest level after having been offered a deal by giants HC Davos. Realizing he would see less ice time, the prospect of playing against internationally reknowned players was too good to pass up. He played a fair amount of time on the second line but finished the season as part of the fourth defensive unit. Nevertheless he performed well with a goal and two assists in 28 games.
Stoop was a member of the Swiss U18 and U20 team.
2008: Passed over in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
2008-09: Spent the majority of the season with Davos where he posted eight points in 37 games. Played for Switzerland at the WJC-20.
Stoop's offensive rushes create havoc as the opposition's defense has trouble to control the agile offensive defenseman. Stoop has good vision and plays a solid overall game. His vision combined with his rushes made him one of the most intruiging draft eligible Swiss prospects in the league this year. Stoop’s downside, which he should change, is stubbornness. At times it’s overshadowing his talent. He is prone to keeping the puck too long instead of finding the stick of a team mate. Also his shooting needs work. Too often his shots do not end up between the posts. They are two areas that will surely be addressed in the next few seasons, but his learning curve is far from completed yet. Talent wise he is a potential draft pick with the ability to make the switch to North-America. On the smaller ice he will be forced to pass instead of hold the puck to avoid getting flattened. If he decides not to move across the pond than a high flying career in Switzerland is very much likely. As is a spot on the national team.
After having made tremendous progress in the past few years, Stoop can continue to refine his game under the guidance of legendary Swiss coach Arno del Curto.