NHL player praises Nick Suzuki as he develops into a young leader for the Habs

Published June 23, 2021 at 9:05

With the Montreal Canadiens taking a 3-2 series lead over the Vegas Golden Knights in their Stanley semi-final, focus turned to Nick Suzuki and his excellent performance not just in game 6, but in the playoffs so far. At just 21 years old, Suzuki now has 20 points (9 goals, 11 assists) in 26 playoff games between last year and this year. During a discussion on Twitter regarding Suzuki, a former teammate chimed in to sing his praises.

"Sneaky skill, responsible, hockey IQ. Just getting started," said Nick Cousins, who played with Suzuki in his first year in the NHL before he moved on to the Vegas Golden Knights and then the Nashville Predators.

In this year's playoffs, Suzuki has 5 goals and 8 assists for 13 points in 16 games. He's managed 10 of those in his last 12 games. He's also shown he can be a responsible two-way player who very rarely makes noticeable mistakes while playing big roles in a game.

Suzuki had an especially big performance in Tuesday night's game against Vegas, scoring a goal and adding two assists. He was named First Star of the game. Suzuki has been watched closely this series as he's going head-to-head with former Canadiens captain Max Pacioretty. Suzuki was the key piece in the trade that sent Pacioretty to Vegas in 2018.

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NHL player praises Nick Suzuki as he develops into a young leader for the Habs

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