Montreal Canadiens captain Nick Suzuki has been named to the Eastern Conference All-Star Team. The event will take place on February 3, in Toronto, Ontario.
This will be Suzuki’s fourth appearance at the All-Star Weekend. He first participated as part of the All-Rookie team in 2019-20, when he scored 13 goals and 28 assists in 71 games. He was then named to the actual All-Star teams in 2021-22 and 2022-23.
Suzuki, 24, currently has 12 goals and 22 assists in 37 games for the Montreal Canadiens, though you could easily make the argument that he would have many more points if he was playing on a team that featured more talent throughout the lineup.
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This season has marked Suzuki’s emergence as a top-line centre.
Not only is he producing points, but his underlying numbers are also now well above 50 percent in several key statistical categories, pointing to sustainability. In otherwords, his scoring is not at risk of drying up any time soon. Adding Juraj Slafkovsky to the top line has certainly helped. Since the 2022 first-overall pick joined Suzuki and Cole Caufield, their metrics have skyrocketed. And in recent games, the results have caught up to the excellent process, as evidenced by their recent scoring spree.
Suzuki stole the show last year in Florida when he combined his hockey and golf skills to win the new ‘NHL Pitch ‘N Puck’ event. He was competing against Johnny Gaudreau (Columbus Blue Jackets), Clayton Keller (Arizona Coyotes), and Jason Robertson (Dallas Stars).
He used an aggressive approach to roll his first shot/swing as close as possible to the edge of the fairway, setting up an easy approach to the green, which was hiding behind a rather intense water hazard.
His approach landed closest to the green, which led to an easy 10-foot birdie on the par-four hole.