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Juraj Slafkovsky separated from Nick Suzuki and Cole Caufield: A complete upheaval of the lines suggested by journalist Mathias Brunet

Published February 20, 2024 at 11:44 PM
BY DAVID ST-JEAN

The best Canadiens trio currently consists of Cole Caufield, Nick Suzuki, and Juraj Slafkovsky. It's clearly the best line the Canadiens have had in years, and they form one of the best trios in the entire NHL over the past month.

The three youngsters perform well on the ice, whether it's at 5-on-5 or on the power play. In short, they are on fire, and there's no sign of them slowing down.

A trio like that, you don't change it, but journalist Mathias Brunet believes that's not the solution. According to him, there will be changes next year.

Brunet speaks based on his instinct, suggesting reuniting Alex Newhook with Suzuki and Caufield. His second trio is even more surprising. He adds that Slafkovsky would end up with Kirby Dach and Joel Armia.


Brunet mentions that, even if it's surprising, Armia is highly regarded in the organization, and this trio would be a puck possession line. Three big guys that are tiring to play against.

Personally, I completely disagree. Firstly, Joel Armia doesn't have the necessary consistency to be part of a top 6, unless in dire straits.

Furthermore, we see Slafkovsky's utility with Nick and Cole. He uses his physicality and creates space for his linemates, something Newhook cannot do.

Clearly, it's a refreshing and confident trio, and Martin St-Louis shouldn't change that.

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Juraj Slafkovsky separated from Nick Suzuki and Cole Caufield: A complete upheaval of the lines suggested by journalist Mathias Brunet

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