Montreal Canadiens captain Nick Suzuki was chosen for the All-Star for a second consecutive year, but that doesn’t mean Cole Caufield can’t join him.
The NHL announced that Nick Suzuki would once again be representing the Canadiens at their annual event, which has been more than earned.
The Canadiens captain has accumulated 15 goals and 17 assists for 32 points in 38 games this season; which leads the Montreal Canadiens in scoring so far this year. He’s the unquestioned No. 1 centre on his club and had very little competition (outside of Cole Caufield) for the nomination.
On top of his 2022 and 2023 All-Star nominations, Suzuki was previously named to the NHL’s All-Rookie Team in 2020.
It’s a well-deserved honour for a youngster, who has been the face of the franchise during General Manager Kent Hughes’ rebuild.
Could Cole Caufield Join Him?
With a representative from each team now having been announced by the NHL, each division will have two skaters and a goalie join their ranks by way of fan voting.
Per the NHL, a total of 12 spots will be decided by the ballots; that’s two additional skaters and one goalie per division, which means Habs fans can send Suzuki to the All-Star game with a buddy.
It would be a shame for Cole Caufield, who has been one of the most electric goal-scorers this season, not to attend an event that is tailor-made for talented players like him.
The 22-year-old currently accounts for 21% of the Montreal Canadiens’ goals and is one of the big, rising stars for the league.
But the problem is he’s going to have some stiff competition in the form of Auston Matthews, Tim Stueztle, Steven Stamkos, Rasmus Dahlin and more in the formidable Atlantic Division.
Still, there’s a slim chance, and Canadiens fans are the ones that will have their final say with their voices. Voting begins January 12.