The Free Press’s Helene St. James posted a subscriber-only article this morning, discussing Pius Suter’s impressions made on the team over the course of training camp and Sunday’s Red vs. White Game:
Tentatively, Blashill has Suter paired with Robby Fabbri, to see if they can build chemistry similar to that between Dylan Larkin and Tyler Bertuzzi.
“I envision Larks and Bert playing together and we’ll see who plays on the right side,” Blashill said. “With Suits, it certainly could be with Fabs. That line was good today. Suits brings a lot to the table in a lot of different ways. He’s a really smart player. I’ve been impressed with him so far. He’s a very head-y player.”
Suter, 25, is a late bloomer to the NHL: Attempts to catch on with the Ottawa Senators (2017) and New York Islanders (2018) fizzled, and Suter played five seasons in his native Switzerland before a successful stint with the Chicago Blackhawks last season. When he wasn’t extended by the Hawks, Yzerman signed Suter to a two-year, $6.5 million deal.
The message when Suter met with Blashill before camp was to play the style of hockey that netted 14 goals and 13 assists in 55 games.
“Just keep doing what I did,” Suter said. “For me, it’s just to keep doing what I did last year and make the team better.”