Alexander Suzdalev Off To Hot Start In WHL, Scores Three Goals In Last Two Games


Capitals forward prospect Alexander Suzdalev was cut loose from Capitals training camp on September 26. Suzdalev joined the Regina Pats the following day, just in time to head out on a four-game road trip with the team.

Suzdalev hit the ground running, recording three goals in the last two games of the road trip, including two goals against the Wheat Kings in Brandon on Wednesday night.

Suzdalev’s first goal came on the power play at 16:51 of the first period. He would bury a one-timer on a pass from Connor Bedard to tie the game 1-1.

Suzdalev’s second goal came at 15:25 of the third period, giving the Pats a 3-1 lead late in the contest.

Suzdalev was named the second star of the game. He now has three goals and an assist in four games played so far this season.

He scored his first goal of the season and first career WHL goal on Sunday night against the Hitmen in Calgary. The tally also came on the power play.

“It has been really good so far,” Suzdalev said of his time in Regina. “[The play] has been more physical than Sweden and it’s a different sized rink. It’s smaller and play is faster but it’s been fun.

“It’s nice to get my feet wet a little bit and now it’s about [going] forward every game.”

Of course, in Regina, the 18-year-old gets to play alongside Connor Bedard. However, it’s not his first experience with the 2023 NHL Draft’s top prospect; the pair played together ahead of the shortened 2020-21 WHL season in Sweden with HV71’s U18 and U20 teams.

“You already know how skilled he is but it’s the stuff he can do on the ice to score the puck,” Suzdalev said. “But what’s even better he is a better guy off the ice too. He’s a great guy to be around.”

That admiration between the two is mutual.

“He’s such a skilled player,” Bedard said. “It seems like he can find me all the time. I’m really looking forward to building that chemistry.”

Regina now heads home for a three-game home stand beginning on Friday night when they host the Winnipeg ICE.

By Jon Sorensen

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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6 Responses to Alexander Suzdalev Off To Hot Start In WHL, Scores Three Goals In Last Two Games

  1. Anonymous says:

    He needs to be on same line as Bedard, but that Howe kid is also on fire. Whoever plays with Bedard is going to rage.

  2. steven says:

    Like getting the reports on the Caps picks in different leagues just wish that some of them would be on tv!

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