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The Canadiens Might Have Already Acquired a Better Center Player Than Nick Suzuki With the Transaction That Brought Kirby Dach to Montreal


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Elliot Ben Jacob
September 16, 2023  (9:24)
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Currently, within the Montreal Canadiens, there is one big certainty: Nick Suzuki is the team's first center.

At 24 years old and on the verge of his second season as captain, he is the offensive leader of the team, having finished as the club's top scorer for the last two seasons.
At first glance, he will be the primary center of the organization for at least another seven years, as Suzuki signed an eight-season agreement with the organization, which started in the summer of 2022, unless there is a significant addition in the coming years.
However, according to former player agent David Ettedgui, while he was on Tony Marinaro's podcast, he made a huge statement by mentioning that Kent Hughes has already acquired the future first center player for the coming years.
According to him, it is rather Kirby Dach who will act as the main pivot of the organization soon. Here are the explanations for this:
"He is the whole package. You need to have a big guy at center on your first unit. You win the Stanley Cup with big players at the center. You need one to win the Cup.

I'm not saying that Dach will score more points in a season than Suzuki, but he is your big guy who will get you 60 to 75 points per season, play the difficult minutes, be a presence, complement two very talented wingers."

- David Ettedgui

He adds that being two years younger than Suzuki, we will have to wait another two years to see the real Kirby Dach.
"He is 21 years old [22 years old]. In two years, we will see the real Kirby Dach. I believe he will then be their first center player."

- David Ettedgui

Obviously, whether we agree or not with Ettedgui's comments, it must still be said that the Canadiens would really be in a good position if Dach could have a similar or greater impact than that of Suzuki in one or two seasons. This would mean that the club would truly have two excellent top 6 centers in its lineup.
If both players can each provide a production of 70 points, in addition to everything they can bring during a match, it must be said that the Tricolore would be taken seriously for a potential conquest of the Stanley Cup.
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The Canadiens Might Have Already Acquired a Better Center Player Than Nick Suzuki With the Transaction That Brought Kirby Dach to Montreal

In two years, who will be the Canadiens' best center?

Kirby Dach1933.3 %
Nick Suzuki1831.6 %
The two are equal1526.3 %
Another player58.8 %
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