The Wisconsin Badgers are projected to have one of its players selected in the 2023 NHL Draft on June 28 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. Charlie Stramel is just 18 years old after completing his freshman season at the University of Wisconsin.
2023 NHL Draft Profile: Charlie Stramel (Wisconsin Badgers)
This past season, Charlie Stramel appeared in 33 games for the Wisconsin Badgers and scored five goals, and recorded seven assists, along with a plus/minus rating of -10. He also wracked up 59 penalty minutes. Standing 6’3,” 216 pounds, Stramel is more of a power forward. He is willing to do the dirty work in front of the net, especially when his team has the extra-man advantage.
Charlie Stramel puts the “power” in power play🚨⚡
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Charlie Stramel also has a very strong hockey IQ and strong passing ability from all ends of the ice. He is just 18 years old and has a wicked right-handed shot. Stramel also played for the USA U20 team in World Juniors. He recorded three assists in seven games played without scoring a goal and had a plus/minus rating of -1. Stramel recorded four penalty minutes total in those games.
He will gain more developmental experience next season in college after someone drafts him into the NHL. Stramel is projected to be a late first-round pick to an early second-round pick in the 2023 NHL Draft.
While he is willing to truck other players over with his physicality, he will probably not be on the first line. However, he would make a very good second or third-liner. Charlie Stramel is the type of player NHL teams need to win an NHL Stanley Cup Title. Not everything is going to be pretty in the NHL. Teams always need grit, and he is one of those players that has it.
Something to keep in mind is that Stramel was playing against players who were much older than him last season. That will potentially suit him well in the long run. One of the teams that could potentially draft him is the Colorado Avalanche with the 27th overall.