Nick Suzuki is having a great time at All-Star Weekend. In a few days, the Canadian forward can shed this miserable season. Even so, he knows that the next few weeks will be long calm waters. He knows that the beginning of construction will be on the plan. And he is ready to face it.
“No matter what the new management chooses to do, I’m in”, assured Suzuki, lending a special expression to poker, during a press conference held at the Waldorf Astoria hotel, a few steps from the big casinos of Las Vegas. .
Shortly after, in an interview with The Montreal Journal in the corridors of this same complex, the Ontarian has developed his ideas.
“I don’t know what the motivation of Jeff (Gorton) and Kent (Hughes) will be to make our team as good as possible. Will they sell a lot of players or just a few? All I know is that we’re going to have some good draft picks. So, luckily, the new construction won’t take too long.
At 22, the striker will certainly be at the center of this construction. We can imagine that will be the case with the other hopes of the organization which are Cole Caufield, Alexander Romanov and possibly Ryan Poehling.
The future captain
If we add Kaiden Guhle and Jordan Harris who are finishing their junior and college training, the changes could be very interesting.
“We are a good group of young players. We are all motivated to play the right way. So I think we are a good group to build on,” Suzuki said.
“Let’s hope this will allow us to achieve success quickly and that the construction will not take four years,” he added.
From this group, Suzuki will surely emerge as the leader. Plus, it’s already one as evidenced by the letter A that management stitched on his jersey at the start of the season. It will be up to him to unite this team.
In this regard, he assures that the team spirit is always good within the soldiers.
“This season, there are darker days than others, but we are trying to have fun. We are definitely a tough group. Everyone is doing well, he said. There are no bad people on the team. We all love each other and we want to finish this together.”
In front of Kassian
However, this is not what the players on the ice suggested when Samuel Montembeault was carried by Zack Kassian, during the visit of the Edmonton Oilers, last Saturday.
“When you’re in this situation, you don’t know how to react. The guys froze. But that doesn’t mean we don’t love each other.”
However, he assures that he would have reacted differently if he had been on the playing surface.
“I wasn’t on the ice, but I wasn’t in good shape,” he said.
“I know it’s Kassian, he’s older than me,” he continued. I would go see him (“get in the face”), maybe more than the boys on the ice did. Yes, it is difficult, but you have to support your goalkeeper.
At least the Canadian goalkeeper was not injured in the series and, according to Suzuki, he does not agree with his teammates for not playing.