The Detroit Red Wings are closing the books on their 2021-22 season, putting a bow on things. There have been some bright spots in the team’s offseason signings and the players that they brought in.
One of those bright spots is forward Pius Suter, who has shined for the Detroit Red Wings during the 2021-22 season. General Manager (GM) Steve Yzerman made a great call to take a flier on the 25-year-old forward after just one season in the NHL.
Suter has been a quality role player and provided a nice boost of offense from his position. He’s been reliable and someone the Red Wings have used to their advantage. Versatility as a winger or center has allowed Suter to fill in on lines where needed and when needed.
The best part about the Suter signing ahead of the 2021-22 season was that it was a two-year deal, meaning that the Red Wings will get to utilize him again during the 2022-23 season. He will also have more value as a possible trade chip if the opportunity comes up for Yzerman to make a trade.
Detroit Red Wings forward Pius Suter has been exceptional.
The Red Wings are absolutely silly not to be happy with Suter’s performance. His first season in the NHL with the Chicago Blackhawks saw him play in 55 games, where he had 14 goals and 13 assists for 27 total points.
He piggy-backed that season nicely, and there are still a few opportunities for him to add some more points to his totals. In 2021-22, Suter has logged 71 games for the Red Wings, where he has 13 goals and 18 assists for 31 total points.
While the numbers are not staggering or overly different from his numbers last season, he has played his role well and been a cheap and steady investment from the Red Wings. With a $3.25 million cap hit this year and next year, the Red Wings are walking away with a win.
Plus, the aforementioned possibility of Suter being traded means that there is an opportunity for the Red Wings to walk away with some benefit in a trade package. Though, I’m also completely okay with him sticking around and providing some benefit to the team’s offense.
Suter brings value more than on the scoresheet. He’s someone who has good playmaking ability and can contribute on special teams when needed. The Red Wings deploy him with their penalty-killing units, which has worked out well.
The 2021-22 season may be winding down, but Suter is proving to be an exceptional addition for Yzerman and the Red Wings.