We have known for a few months that the Canadian will have a captain for the 2022/23 season. It’s been reiterated a few times by the organization (particularly on the sidelines of the deal that sent Shea Weber to Vegas) and it seems only a matter of time before an announcement is made.
I envisioned a scenario where the announcement would come when CH announces its first draft pick in a few weeks, but I doubt that will be the case.
When you think of candidates for the job, Nick Suzuki is one that many people prefer. The young center is an integral part of CH’s future and despite his 22 (soon to be 23) years shows very impressive maturity and leadership. Still, I personally lean a little more towards Joel Edmundson.
And when asked about the captain’s role, Suzuki showed he understands the implications that come with such a mandate.
#Have Nick Suzuki on @timandfriends: “Above all, to be captain of the Montreal #Canadianit is a great honor and there is a lot of weight on your shoulders but if that comes up for me – or anyone on the team – I will support them and I hope to have the same support.”
— Priyanta Emrith (@HabsInHighHeels) June 29, 2022
#14 says he knows it’s a great honor, but the role also comes with a heavy burden on his shoulders. Finally, we’re still talking about the captaincy of the team with the richest history of any NHL roster.
No, it’s not nothing.
However, Suzuki also said that regardless of who is named team captain, he hopes they can enjoy the support of the entire team. When he’s not succeeding, he wants to support everyone, and when he’s the winning candidate, he hopes his teammates will do the same.
I hope so too.
Suzuki also assured that he would be present at the July 7th repechage. He continues to spend much of his summer in Montreal and this allows him to fully enjoy the drafting experience.
He will be present at the Bell Center on July 7th…will my script eventually manifest?
And as for the draft, Shane Wright told TSN that he doesn’t really care about Bob McKenzie’s list (on which he’s #2), but based on his conversations with members of the organization. He also claims to be the ideal candidate to offer a 1-2 strokes in the middle for CH, a recurring feature for teams claiming top honors.
Will Captain Suzuki announce that CH is drafting their future sidekick at center in Shane Wright on July 7th? Imagine for a moment the screenplay of a Hollywood movie!
In terms of the fit, Wright says if he and Suzuki are picked by Montreal, they can form a dynamic 1-2 punch down the middle that all teams competing in the Stanley Cup have.
— NHL Watcher (@NHL_Watcher) June 29, 2022
– Derek Lalonde would have received an interview for the position of head coach of the Red Wings.
— Kevin Weekes (@KevinWeekes) June 29, 2022
– What will happen to Brock Boeser?
With just over a week left before the draft and just over a week until July 11, talks between the Canucks and Boeser camps have been fairly quiet. I think there was some interest in Brock from other teams. QO is $7.5 million. Let’s see what’s happening here.
— Irfaan Gaffar (@irfgaffar) June 29, 2022
– Very nice gesture from the CH goalkeeper.
– What would a trade that sends Alex DeBrincat to the Senators look like? [TSLH]
– Interesting names in this list.
In a few weeks, Kent Hughes will be present at a first market opening in his capacity as DG https://t.co/FEtexFx6g3
— TVA Sports (@TVASports) June 29, 2022
Speaking of royals, they would be great trading partners for the Blue Jays. https://t.co/nAKXiEdoGV
— Passion MLB (@passion_mlb) June 29, 2022