The Washington Capitals selected left-wing Alexander Suzdalev with their third-round pick (70th overall) in the 2022 NHL Draft. The Capitals acquired the pick as part of the trade that sent goaltender Vitek Vanecek to the New Jersey Devils on Friday morning.
Suzdalev, 18, is a left-hander listed at 6’2” and 176 pounds. He spent last season with HV71 junior 20 team in Sweden.
Suzdalev, a native of Khabarovsk, Russia, posted 15 goals, 51 points, and a +10 rating in 45 games this season. He added a -1 rating in six World Junior games for Sweden and one goal and two points in 12 international junior games.
He also notched three goals, four points, and a -1 rating in five postseason games for the J18 team and three goals and four points in five playoff outings for the J20 team.
NHL Central Scouting ranked Suzdalev 26th overall among European skaters and TSN’s Bob McKenzie ranked him 89th among all draft prospects.
Suzdalev is a skilled winger with a heavy offensive punch. He skates with a wide base and can generate strong speed with just a couple of powerful strides. Has displayed the ability to cut, weave, and shift his way through traffic. He possesses a hard shot with a deceptive release and an equally dangerous backhander. Suzdalev is creative and confident with the puck on his stick, using subtle hand dekes and shiftiness to embarrass defenders with his one-on-one ability. He puts in a full effort on the defensive side as well.
Swedish winger with good size, skills, and offensive upside. Quickly gets up ice in his fast, long ice-eating stride. Has soft fast hands, played very little in the World Junior U-18. Long term developmental prospect who needs more confidence and drive.
Alexander Suzdalev’s stick-handling is 🔥.
— Josh Tessler 🇺🇦 (@JoshTessler_) June 2, 2022
He will likely be at the team’s development camp at MedStar Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Virginia next week.
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