Alexander Suzdalev Records Second Two-Goal Game In First 6 Games Played For Regina Pats

Alexander Suzdalev returned to the Regina Pats of the Western Hockey League (WHL) following his participation in Capitals rookie camp and the Capitals main training camp on September 27. He’s played in just six games so far for the Pats, but has already posted two two-goal games, the second coming on Friday night against the Swift Current Broncos. Not a bad start to the season for the Capitals’ third-round draft pick.

Suzdalev’s first goal came at 15:33 of the first frame. Suzdalev told Regina media this week that he wants to work on the parts of his game that will be needed in the NHL, including his battling in front of the net. He did just that for his first score.

Suzdalev’s second goal of the game came on the power play at 2:19 of the second period. He showed great patience collecting the puck, letting it settle down and then waiting to burry the puck. He was named the first star of the game.

Suzdalev has been fun to watch so far this season, and we’re only in October. He plays a very loose style of game, which can burn him at times and has led to a turnover or two, but you like to see the free spirit in his game.

Suzdalev had an opportunity for the hat trick early in the final frame and went for the between-the-legs shot.

Later in the period, Suzdalev and Connor Bedard, the projected first overall pick in the 2023 NHL Entry Draft, teamed up on the power play. Bedard attempted a backwards between-the-legs shot and Suzdalev attempted the Michigan, all in one brief sequence.

”I’ve tried it a couple of times. I tried it in practices and in games before,” said Suzdalev about the lacrosse attempt. “I think a small area, small rink here, made more room for skill. Just trust the instincts, I tried for the goal.”

Pats head coach John Paddock was asked how Suzdalev compared seeing him first hand to what he expected of the player before he arrived in Regina.

”I knew he was a highly skilled guy, he was ranked late in the first round, like say 12 months ago, 13 months ago, in the initial rankings. His season went off road a little bit…I’m not sure who said it, the agent group, which is Newport, or Ross Mahoney(Capitals assistant general manager), he needs to get stronger.”

Suzdalev, 18, also recorded a two-goal game against the Brandon Wheat Kings on Wednesday night. (More here.) He now has five goals and an assist in six games played for Regina.

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.

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.
This entry was posted in News and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink.

12 Responses to Alexander Suzdalev Records Second Two-Goal Game In First 6 Games Played For Regina Pats

  1. steven says:

    WOW, so far so good. Just wish that some of the WHL games were on tv in this area as well as the AHL games.

  2. novafyre says:

    Sure looks like he’s having fun and not just being productive. Good for him. I hope he stays healthy.

    • Jon Sorensen says:

      His games are fun to watch. Maybe too much “hot dog” in his game for NHL, but coaches will smooth it out. Important thing is to let him keep is free wheeling style.

      • novafyre says:

        He’s 18. Glad to see that he is able to really enjoy his game.

        One of the Caps’ alumni last night mentioned how much fun Ovi has scoring even when it’s practice. Why is that worth noting? It must be because that is exceptional which means that for too many it has become just a job.

        I’m not a fan of these tricks but I am of a teenager playing at a high level and still having fun doing it.

  3. Jonathan says:

    I liked Vanecek, and it’s nice to see that the return for him was worth the trade. It appears that Suzdalev has a higher ceiling than Vanecek; and is certainly fun to watch. Playing with Bedard is going to give him more opportunity to work on his skills that many other possible options would have been. That’s exciting.

  4. Lance says:

    I’m not a fan of the Michigan. The old NHLers would’ve annihilated guys for trying that #%^! and I’m with the old NHL way.

    I’m glad Suds has the skill to attempt it but showing up the other team is uncool. I’d like to see that move penalized. Unsportsmanlike Conduct. Or Cradling!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Bedard and Suzdalev are gonna go off this season.

  6. KimRB says:

    I just hope Suzdalev’s numbers aren’t being inflated by playing with the consensus #1 pick of the coming draft (call it Rob Brown Syndrome). No denying the kid has skill though. Hope he develops into all he should be.

    • Jon Sorensen says:

      It’s certainly a valid concern, Kim. I have the same, to a certain extent. So far this season they have played on different lines, but are together on the power play, so I think that’s maybe a good mix to start. Like you said, he’s not dependent on a super star on his line.

      I guess another way I look at, he also needs to get used to playing with next-level players, like he would be doing in the NHL.

Leave a Reply