Detroit Red Wings: Pius Suter looking to carry rookie success into 2021-22

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The Detroit Red Wings took a flier and signed forward Pius Suter this offseason. The Swiss-born forward is coming off of a phenomenal rookie season with the Chicago Blackhawks. Now, in year two, he is looking to carry his success on into the 2021-22 season.

While the Detroit Red Wings are not going to be a contender in 2021-22, they are going to be much better, and some of their signings/acquisitions reflect that. Suter is one of the players that the Red Wings are taking a chance on.

He may not be a storied veteran, but he’s a player who can be a real benefit to the team’s offense. The hope will be that he can add an influx of scoring into this team’s top-six forwards. Not to mention, he’s versatile and can play all three forward positions.

He will likely be a center or left-wing for the Red Wings who can slot into more than one spot. He’s a left-handed shot, so he will likely be a center or left-winger depending on where he slots in for the Red Wings.

Newly signed Pius Suter looking to carry his success to the Detroit Red Wings.

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In his first NHL season with the Blackhawks, Suter logged 55 games where he had 14 goals and added 13 assists for 27 total points.

He even received some Calder Trophy votes. He did not end up being a finalist like Alex Nedeljkovic was, but Suter did garner some attention for his rookie performance.

Suter signed a two-year, $6.5 million contract with the Red Wings, where he will look to continue the success he had in his rookie year. Something of note about Suter is that his analytics tell a very positive story.

His Corsi was 4.0% above the Blackhawks team average, and it means that Suter tends to be contributing to the team offensively or at least the team has the puck more when he is on the ice. He was deployed in the offensive zone more often than not, which makes sense given his success.

Taking a look at his PDO, he was not really on either side of the spectrum. With a 100.2 PDO rating, it means that he was luckier than not, but the rating is not too far from the 100 middle-ground rating.

Another thing to notice about Suter’s metrics is that he is often getting his shots through traffic or is at least utilizing a good shot selection. He’s often able to get shots on net and avoid getting them blocked, tipped, or deflected away.

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The Red Wings may have lucked into a good one with Suter. Time will tell, but it seems like he’s going to be a beneficial addition to this Red Wings team.