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SportsHabs prospect Nick Suzuki, centrepiece in Max Pacioretty trade, 'has it all'

20:15  08 november  2018
20:15  08 november  2018 Source:   cbc.ca

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Former Canadiens captain Max Pacioretty returned to Montreal Saturday night for the first time since being traded to Vegas while forward prospect Nick Suzuki , the key return in the deal for the Habs , is flourishing in his fourth junior season with Owen Sound of the OHL.

Max Pacioretty is headed to Las Vegas. In return for the captain and left winger, the Habs get forwards Tomáš Winger shipped to Vegas for forwards Tomas Tatar, prospect Nick Suzuki , 2nd-round draft pick. Canadiens owner Geoff Molson said Pacioretty requested a trade last season and all parties.

An aspiring NHL forward sits quietly as his future bosses praise his work during the team's training camp, understanding he'll soon be sharing the ice with those he knows well back in the Ontario Hockey League.

Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin and head coach Claude Julien tell the 13th overall pick from the 2017 NHL draft he's close to being a regular in the league. The 19-year-old player, his confidence soaring, also believes he's on the cusp of NHL employment. But there's work to be done.

"They want me to play at a higher pace," says Nick Suzuki, the key return for the Canadiens in the Sept. 9 trade that sent captain Max Pacioretty to the Vegas Golden Knights, who visit the Bell Centre in Montreal on Saturday night. "I got used to playing at an NHL pace [at camp] and I have to play a step ahead of everybody [in junior] and try my best to dominate every game."

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Max Pacioretty , the captain of the Habs since 2015, had been the subject of trade speculation since last year. In return for the seventh captain Montreal has traded since the 1989-90 season, the Canadiens receive forwards Tomáš Tatar, 27, prospect Nick Suzuki , 19, and a second-round pick in

Max Pacioretty has signed a 4 year extension with Vegas worth million per. It kicks in next season. This gives Vegas five seasons with the former Habs captain. Elite Prospects has a pretty glowing assessment of Suzuki on his profile page as well: A smart offensive center who thinks the game at a

Former Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Todd Gill, in his second season coaching Suzuki with the Owen Sound Attack, points out the team's first-year captain only needs to be told things once.

This guy's got it all — the hockey sense, an NHL shot, he sees the ice very well and can pass the puck with the best of them. — Attack head coach Todd Gill on forward Nick Suzuki

The native of London, Ont., has points in all but three of 13 games since, recording 13 goals, 25 points and a plus-9 rating across 16 contests, putting Suzuki on track for a second consecutive 100-point season.

"This guy's got it all — the hockey sense, an NHL shot, he sees the ice very well and can pass the puck with the best of them," says Gill, who played 1,007 NHL regular-season games. "But the No. 1 thing with Nick this season is his pace of play has really improved."

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You always have the option to delete your Tweet location history. In the CHL tracking porject, Suzuki was one of the CHL's most dangerous multidimensional threats:pic.twitter.com/3xQijHe71d. Still think he's one of the better prospects in the world, though. You think he can start with the Habs this year?

Max Pacioretty has signed a 4 year extension with Vegas worth million per. It kicks in next season. This gives Vegas five seasons with the former Habs captain. Elite Prospects has a pretty glowing assessment of Suzuki on his profile page as well: A smart offensive center who thinks the game at a

Late cut by Team Canada

Earlier in his career, Suzuki says, he didn't move his feet while reading the play but is learning to reach loose pucks and opposing players quicker.

"He wasn't quite there to take on a big role at a world-level tourney," says Letowski, the former NHL forward who won't be part of new head coach Tim Hunter's staff when the world juniors begins Dec. 26 in Vancouver and Victoria. "Nick is such a smart player, kind of deceptive and one of those guys that can make an impact every time he's on the ice, but he just wasn't quite able to create like he had in the OHL. I would guess he's ready now to do that."

A late cut of Team Canada, the five-foot-11, 200-plus-pound Suzuki is hoping to catch the eye of Hunter, who takes over from Dominique Ducharme, now an assistant to Julien in Montreal. His audition begins in earnest Thursday night in Sarnia, Ont., when Suzuki will captain Team OHL against the Russian national junior squad as part of the Canada Russia Series.

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Pacioretty was named the Canadiens captain in 2015 and has played all 626 of his NHL games with Montreal. His name has been mentioned in trade speculation since last season’s trade deadline. The 29-year-old Pacioretty is entering the final season of a six-year deal that will pay him .5 million.

Montreal Canadiens captain Max Pacioretty has been traded to the Vegas Golden Knights for Tomas Tatar, Nick Suzuki and a second round pick in the 2019 draft. Pacioretty has played his entire NHL career with the Canadiens. While most of the hockey world was asleep and dreaming about their team

"I try to get to where the puck's going to be before it's there," says Suzuki, who was further motivated to reach the NHL while watching Vegas' run to the Stanley Cup Final from the press box. "I think I've always been good at reading the play and using my hockey IQ to break up plays."

Habs prospect Nick Suzuki, centrepiece in Max Pacioretty trade, 'has it all'© Paul Chiasson/Canadian Press Canadiens prospect Nick Suzuki showed well at the team’s training camp in September and has heeded management’s call to play at a higher pace in the Ontario Hockey League with Owen Sound. Through his first 16 games, he scored 13 goals and 25 points with a plus-9 rating.

Elite hockey sense

"His ability to do the small things that not a lot of people notice, like creating time and space for other players, is next-level stuff," says Durzi, who lives with the same billet family as Suzuki.

Since childhood, he has admired the play of Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby and wears No. 37 because he models his game after Boston's Patrice Bergeron.

"I think he's one of the best players in the NHL at stealing pucks from guys, lifting their sticks and turning defence into offence," Suzuki says of the Bruins centre. "Crosby, just the way he protects the puck low [in the offensive zone]. He's probably the best in the NHL using his body to shield the puck in the corner."

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Max Pacioretty Bio. The list of men who have been captain of the Montreal Canadiens is filled with legends. In storybook fashion, Pacioretty scored on his first official NHL shot on goal, against the New Traded to Vegas by Montreal for Tomas Tatar, Nick Suzuki and Columbus' 2nd-round pick in

Montreal Canadiens captain Max Pacioretty has been traded to the Vegas Golden Knights for Tomas Tatar, Nick Suzuki and a second round pick in the 2019 draft. Pacioretty has played his entire NHL career with the Canadiens. While most of the hockey world was asleep and dreaming about their team

In Owen Sound, Gill counts Suzuki among the best at lifting the sticks of opposing players and retrieving pucks on a back check.

'Sometimes he creates things that aren't even there'

He has also tried learning the moves of NHL star Connor McDavid, concentrating on the Edmonton Oilers forward as he skates down the wing at top speed.

"You see Connor fly with the puck and still do amazing things," said Durzi, "and I think Nick has brought that aspect to his game. The way he's able to make a great play or pass when he's flying down the wing or through the middle [of the ice] is second to none in the league right now.

Suzuki and the Attack will be hosting Erie on Saturday at the same time Pacioretty attempts to erase a poor start with Vegas — slowed somewhat by injury — that has seen the five-time 30-goal scorer find the net just twice in his first 11 games after signing a four-year, $28-million US deal with the Golden Knights.

Gill continues to stress to Suzuki the importance of being Owen Sound's best player, most effective defensive forward and top forward every game. For the most part, the 23rd captain in Attack history has responded.

"The No. 1 job in the NHL is consistency," says the coach. "That will get you to the next level. Nick wants to be a leader, the go-to guy.

"Off the ice, he's an incredibly grounded person. He's almost a Bob Gainey-type captain where he leads by example on the ice and when he does talk in the dressing room, the players understand they should listen."

Habs prospect Nick Suzuki, centrepiece in Max Pacioretty trade, 'has it all'© Submitted by Terry Wilson/OHL Images Attack forward Nick Suzuki is 11th in OHL scoring this season with 25 points on 13 goals and 12 assists in 16 games, putting him on track for a second consecutive 100-point campaign.

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