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Blackhawks to be ‘in the mix’ for Swiss forward Pius Suter, per report

The 24-year-old led the National League, Switzerland’s top division, in scoring this past season.

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The Blackhawks may have their eyes on another European import.

This time it’s Swiss forward Pius Suter, according to Scott Power of The Athletic.

Suter, 24, had a dominant 2019-20 regular season with the Zurich SC Lions, leading the Swiss National League with 53 points while scoring 30 goals. Those numbers aren’t far off from Dominik Kubalik’s ‘18-19 season totals of 25 goals and 32 assists in 50 games, a performance that helped him register on the Blackhawks radar. Reports of Suter drawing interest from the NHL surfaced in March, and Suter announced on Monday that he was invoking an exit clause in his contract with the intention of playing in the NHL next season:

Although never drafted by an NHL team, Suter does have some experience playing in North America, having spent his junior career with the OHL’s Guelph Storm (2013-15). Suter was invited to the Ottawa Senators’ rookie camp in 2017 but returned to his native Switzerland soon after and has remained there.

Along with the potential for another talented addition to the roster, adding Suter may help the Blackhawks fill out a roster while navigating a very difficult salary cap situation over the next few seasons.

Should he sign with the Blackhawks, though, Suter would not be eligible to play in the upcoming series against the Edmonton Oilers.