Montreal Canadiens captain Nick Suzuki

Eye of Montreal Canadiens Nick Suzuki As the new team captain on Monday.

The 23-year-old is the 31st captain in franchise and substitution history Shea Weberwhich was last worn by C during the 2020-21 season.

The team added that the defending man Joel Edmondson forward Brendan Gallagher He will serve as alternate leaders this season.

Suzuki had a career season in 2021-22, scoring 21 goals and 61 points in 82 games. He signed during the 2029-30 season for a price tag of $7.875 million.

Named 13th overall by the Vegas Golden Knights in 2017, Suzuki was purchased by the Canadiens as part of their return to captain at the time Max Priority.

London, Ont. The native has 49 goals and 143 points in 209 NHL games, all with the Canadians. He also has 11 goals and 23 points in 32 playoff games, including 16 points in 22 games during Montreal’s run to the Stanley Cup Final in 2021.

New Look Canadians a surprise?

Having finished last in the National Hockey League standings last season, Suzuki said last month that he thinks the Montreal Canadiens are ready to surprise the skeptics this year.

“I think I’m very excited about proving people wrong,” Suzuki told the Montreal Gazette. “I think people really put us at rock bottom. I was already talking to (Sean) Monahan about the lineup. We have a very deep squad and I think people really underestimate us. That’s not a bad thing either. I think we’re going to surprise people.”

Monahan, which was acquired earlier this month from Calgary Flames, is part of Montreal’s major off-season overhaul, which also saw the club’s acquisition of Michael Matheson as part of its return to the veteran defender. Jeff Petri forward Ryan Boehling.

In addition, the Canadians traded the defense man Alexander Romanov In the NHL Draft, the acquisition center Kirby roof of the Chicago Blackhawks in the process, transferring former captain Weber’s contract to the Vegas Golden Knights in exchange for striker Evgeni Dadonov.

Slack season also included Canadians picking Juraj Slafkovsky #1 overall and general manager Kent Hughes, who announced that Carry price You are not expected to play this season.

After reaching the Stanley Cup Final in 2021, the Canadians started last season 8-30-7 before replacing coach Dominique Ducharme. Martin St. Louis. The team set a 14-19-4 record under St. Louis to finish the season, but ended up dead last in the National Hockey League, two points behind the Arizona Coyotes.

“Rebuilding, that was last year. We are ready to take the next step,” Edmondson said at the team golf tournament on Monday. “We have no excuses for not doing playoffs.

“That’s how we think, making the playoffs.”