Francis Bouillon would have loved to have had this in his day → https://t.co/RIWDVNRzfA
– DansLesCoulisses (@DLCoulisses) August 29, 2023
Last year, Nick Suzuki scored 66 points in 82 games. For a guy who wasn’t surrounded, that’s not bad at all.
Then, Monahan’s injury was the first domino in what I’m going to call a long journey through the desert. Suzuki finished the season alone (for all intents and purposes) and scored 66 points, 41 more, in 57 games.
It wasn’t the pace of yesteryear.
But now, with Sean Monahan doing well (for how long?), Cole Caufield also doing well, half the team back and the therapist department upgraded, you’d think this would help Suzuki perform better this season.
I believe that point per game (plus or minus a few points) is possible in his case. I’d be happy with a season between 75 and 85 points for #14 of the Sainte-Flanelle.
But in reality, even if we’re talking about his role as first center, we mustn’t forget his other role: that of captain. It’s up to him to create a link between the young and the not-so-young.
On that subject, the captain recently returned to the challenges of being the Habs’ captain in this period of rebuilding the club. And as reported by Radio-Canada’s Alexandre Gascon, he went for mileage.
It involves contact with the public…
I want people to see me and get to know me away from the arena. – Nick Suzuki
But it’s also off the ice with his teammates. For example, as captain, he has to organize activities for the boys when the club is on the road.
We know he can rely on a lot of guys, including Martin St-Louis, who claimed to take leadership on his shoulders when he arrived in town in February 2022, but he’s the captain. He’s the one who has to take on more, and he does.
Between making progress on the ice, helping his team-mates, organizing activities for them, listening to them, approaching the public and getting involved in the city, it’s fair to say that his involvement goes beyond field hockey.
Let’s just say the guys know how to get the Montreal crowd going → https://t.co/NOI3SmAUPQ
– DansLesCoulisses (@DLCoulisses) August 20, 2023
And here, I didn’t mention learning French, which he had undertaken.
We wondered, a year ago, how a young captain of a rebuilding club would behave. And after a year, as my colleague JB Gagné said yesterday, I can’t really see any missteps.
– Good listening.
It’s all there!
Have a good game tonight too! https://t.co/7yPLK3IaLD
– DansLesCoulisses (@DLCoulisses) August 30, 2023
– Interested parties: the CH is looking for a creative services coordinator.
The Montreal Canadiens are looking for a Coordinator of Creative Services. https://t.co/g140S7Ez5g
– Andrew Zadarnowski (@AZadarski) August 30, 2023
– To be continued.
– Owen Beck: a nice project.
“This is a complete player. He’s a smart player. He’s the type of player, to me, who’s just going to be in the league for a long time.“@MikeKellyNHL has some pretty high praise for Owen Beck. #GoHabsGo@TonyLuftman | @CanadiensMTL | #NHLTonight pic.twitter.com/9LxtfAvsTz
– NHL Network (@NHLNetwork) August 28, 2023
– PTO for Jordie Benn in Dallas.