Washington Capitals forward prospect Alexander Suzdalev returned to the Regina Pats of the WHL on Tuesday. Suzdalev’s preseason training and start of the WHL season was paused so that he could participate in Capitals rookie camp and the first few days of the Capitals main training camp. He also played in the Capitals preseason opener against Buffalo on Sunday.
Suzdalev made his regular season debut with the Pats Thursday night against the Oil Kings in Edmonton. He recorded the primary assist on the overtime game-winner by Connor Bedard.
#ALLCAPS Alexander Suzdalev to Connor Bedard for the overtime winner. pic.twitter.com/IZUY66DCST
— Capitals Prospects (@jon_m_sorensen) September 30, 2022
Suzdalev scored his first goal of the season and first WHL goal of his career on Sunday against the Hitmen in Calgary. The goal came on a power play in second period.
Alexander Suzdalev buries his 1st career goal in @TheWHL on the power play off a great feed from Svozil!
Grab that puck!#ItsGoTime | #REGvsCGY pic.twitter.com/XtZ6BNBWu8
— Regina Pats (@WHLPats) October 2, 2022
The Pats, playing their third game in four nights, fell to the Hitmen, 7-3. They return to action on Wednesday when they wrap their four-game road trip against the Wheat Kings in Brandon.
Suzdalev has a goal and an assist in three games played for the Pats so far this season.
The Capitals selected Suzdalev in the third-round (70th overall) of the 2022 NHL Draft. They acquired the pick as part of the trade that sent goaltender Vitek Vanecek to the New Jersey Devils on second day of the draft.
The Capitals announced on July 15, the last day of the team’s development camp, that they had signed Suzdalev to a three-year deal.
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He’s got a rocket of a shot. His stick and puck handling has been pretty good as well.
He was impressive in today’s game.
Heard on the broadcast today a discussion on whether or not Pats should trade Bedard. He would return a fortune in player/draft picks for Regina, and this is undoubtedly his final season in WHL.