The ZSC Lions announced that Swiss forward Pius Suter will join the Islanders in training camp. Suter had 39 points in 36 games in the NLA last season. He also played in the Olympics for Switzerland and had five points in four games.
Suter is not new to American ice - he previously played two seasons in the OHL for the Guelph Storm from 2013 through 2015 where he had 96 points in 127 games. He was particularly good in 2014-2015 with 43 goals and 29 assists in 61 games as an 18-year-old. He still went undrafted thanks to concerns about his size and physicality. Suter stands at 5’9” and 176 pounds.
Suter is signed through the 18-19 season with ZSC and is slated to return for them on October 4th, so it remains to be seen what it would take to lure him away or if that’s even on the table. There isn’t any space on the Islanders roster and while Suter has skill, it’s at the expense of physicality which is something that doesn’t typically fit the Sound Tigers mold. Still, the Sound Tigers haven’t won a playoff series in 14 years, have missed the playoffs in five of the last six seasons, and have routinely failed to develop many of the Islanders top-flight prospects, so a change from that construction could only be considered encouraging.