Suzuki, the 13th overall pick in the 2017 draft by the Golden Knights, had just finished playing in his second rookie game in two days at the team's practice facility less than an hour before the announcement.
The rumors surrounding Max Pacioretty's future ramped up ahead of last season's trade deadline, continued on at the draft, were a constant source of concern throughout the summer and threatened to carry on into the regular season.
The Montreal Canadiens announced early Monday that they have traded captain Max Pacioretty to the Vegas Golden Knights. He was also a healthy scratch for all but eight games of Vegas's run to the Stanley Cup Final. Suzuki immediately becomes one of the Canadiens' top prospects along with 2018 No. 3 pick Jesperi Kotkaniemi, but is likely a year or two away from making any significant impact on an National Hockey League roster.
Pacioretty was drafted by the Habs in 2007 and had played for the team since the 2010-11 season.
"You look at Victor Mete and he came to camp last year as a 19-year-old and everybody thought he would be going back to junior, but he made the team", said Julien. Over the last two seasons in the OHL, Suzuki 87 goals and 109 assists for 196 points in 129 games.
That chapter is closed now, though, and Pacioretty heads to Vegas with his sights set on bouncing back from what was statistically the worst full campaign of his career.More news: Man kills 5, including wife, before turning gun on himself
In 626 games, he registered 448 points. There's every reason to believe Pacioretty, 29, can find his form with the Golden Knights, however. The 27-year-extinct ahead, selected by Detroit in the second spherical (No. 60) of the 2009 NHL Draft, had two draw (one aim, one aid) in the Stanley Cup Playoffs closing season, helping Vegas attain the Cup Closing, the build it lost to the Washington Capitals in 5 games.He became traded to Vegas by Detroit on February 26 for a first-spherical purchase in the 2018 NHL Draft, a second-spherical purchase in the 2019 NHL Draft and a second-spherical purchase in the 2021 NHL Draft.
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Even if the Habs kept Suzuki for the first nine games of the season - the maximum amount of "showcase" time National Hockey League clubs are allowed to keep junior-aged prospects before the first year of their entry level contract kicks in - he wouldn't be back in Owen Sound until late October. "I'm sure he's probably excited about going to Las Vegas, and we got a good player in return and we'll see how it turns out". Max Pacioretty is about to begin his residency. Pacioretty had five seasons with at least 30 goals. Last season, he had 20 goals with Detroit and Vegas.
"Everyone has kind of opened their arms up and helped me out with anything I need", said Stastny, who had 16 goals and 37 assists last season and helped Winnipeg reach the Western Conference Final.
Vegas gave up first-, second- and third-round draft choices to acquire the Slovak at the trade deadline, but he was a disappointment. And rest assured, Pacioretty is part of the long-term plan for the Golden Knights.
Pacioretty has one year remaining on a six-year contract and will earn $4.5 million this season.