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Playmaking winger with great hands and good size. Needs to continue to round out his game but could become a middle-six point producing winger at the NHL level.


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September 2022 – Suzdalev decided to join the WHL for 2022-23 playing for the team that drafted him the Regina Pats. He signed his three-year ELC this off season with Washington. There are two ways to look at this development. One is that the potential for tougher competition earlier is gone, as he will not be climbing the Swedish leagues. The second is that he gets to play with Connor Bedard, and work on his skill, likely rocketing him prospect depth charts in all keeper leagues. Pat Quinn

 

July 2022 – Suzdalev was selected by the Capitals with the 70th pick in the draft as the Capitals are betting on upside with this late pick. Pat Quinn

 

February 2022 – For a projected mid-round pick, Suzdalev has a great offensive toolbox. He is creative and deceptive with the puck and is consistently able to beat opponents using his hands. In addition, he is an adept passer with good vision. He certainly sees his role as a playmaker but he can finish as well, especially around the crease. His offensive capabilities make him a lock on HV71’s J20 squad’s first powerplay unit.

Suzdalev needs to improve his off-puck play. At times, his movement without the puck on his stick seems to be without intention. He appears disconnected from the game and behind the play, generally in the defensive and neutral zones. He also needs to improve his defensive reads. Suzdalev tries to keep the puck and opponent on the outside, and is fairly successful, but could play a more engaged defensive game. Beyond keeping the puck near the boards, he doesn’t consistently force turnovers or effectively pressure an opponent.

Currently, in the J20 Nationell playoffs, Suzdalev has continued his point-per-game pace. He has recorded three assists in a game twice during the postseason. Alexa Potack

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 7.0
NHL Certainty 6.0
Country RUS, SWE
Position LW
Roster Type Draft Eligible
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth March 5, 2004
Height 6‘2”
Weight 172 lbs
Drafted 2022 Round 3; Overall: 70

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2016-2017 Sweden Selects U13WSI U137 1 12 2|        
 2017-2018 Boro/Vetlanda HC U16U16 Div.17 13 821 2|        
  Boro/Vetlanda HC J18J18 Div.212 6 814 4|        
  Boro/Vetlanda HC J20J20 Div.11 0 00 0|        
 2018-2019 Boro/Vetlanda HC U16U16 Div.16 10 919 8|        
  Sweden Selects U15WSI U155 1 12 0|        
  SmålandTV-Pucken6 1 01 2|        
  Boro/Vetlanda HC J18J18 Div.214 18 1735 6|