Nick Suzuki once again resembles the young centre that helped lead the Montreal Canadiens in scoring during their run to the 2021 Stanley Cup Final and is prospering under the new concepts instituted by Canadiens interim head coach Martin St. Louis.
Suzuki notched a goal and two assists for a second straight game in the Canadiens’ 5-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday night. After surviving some of the darkest times the storied Canadiens organization has ever endured, Suzuki is once again realizing his potential under St. Louis. Suzuki grabbed a helper in St. Louis’ first game behind the bench and has never looked back with four goals and nine assists in eleven games playing for St. Louis. The determination to stick with it and battle through from this 22-year-old phenom has not gone unnoticed by veteran leaders like Brendan Gallagher.
“He’s dealing with a lot of things that a lot of young players don’t have to deal with at this time. Teams are paying a lot of attention to him and he’s still finding a way to have success” Gallagher said after snapping a 18-game scoreless stretch and finishing with a goal and an assist Saturday night.