Pius Suter is not the first player the Chicago Blackhawks have signed from overseas after growing an impressive resume. Suter has a tough act to follow with the Blackhawks.
To name a few players, the Chicago Blackhawks have signed Artemi Panarin, and Dominik Kubalik from overseas both after some professional hockey was under their belt. While both players would be big factors in the Blackhawks lineup, the player Suter will be is still up in the air.
The Blackhawks are going to give Pius Suter a great opportunity with the Blackhawks next season. Chicago has holes in their lineup, and if Alex Nylander is going to get a crack at the top six, so should Pius Suter. The scary thing when it comes to Suter is expectations are not always a good thing.
While many Blackhawks fans were buzzing about Kubalik when the season began last year, it was not until December and January came around for him to break into the league. Something similar might happen with Suter, but it is important to remember that while Kubalik and Suter both were stellar in the Swiss League and were voted the best forward, it will take time for Suter’s game to translate to the NHL ice.
Kubalik had a great year in 2019-20 but I do not think can be matched again (I am okay being proven wrong on that next season). While Kubalik put up 30 goals, it is wrong to think that Suter will break into the NHL and do the same next season. These two players might share similar resumes, but they are not the same player and have different experiences.
I would be happy if we see Suter in the NHL full time by December. It might not be until then because he might have to take some time to adjust to the smaller ice and get assimilated with the Blackhawks system.
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Suter is still playing hockey after getting loaned to the GCK Lions a few months back to keep playing hockey during the next few months. If you want to read more on him, check out this great story by NHL.com. During a normal year with fans in the stadium, I believe that Suter would be the type of guy fans at the United Center would be buzzing about on game day. Hopefully, he will live up to the buzz and provide the Blackhawks with a lot of great moments in the future.