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Tampa Bay Lightning Sign Forward Reto Suri


Lightning Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced on Thursday that the Tampa Bay Lightning have signed forward Reto Suri to a one-year, two-way contract.

The 24 year old Zurich, Switzerland native currently plays for EV Zug of the Swiss National League A.

This season he suited up for 46 games with Zug. In that time, he was able to score himself 14 goals and 11 assists for a total of 25 points.

During the post season, the 6 foot tall, 185 pound forward netted 9 goals and 5 assists for a total of 14 points; the second highest on the team. He also carried a plus-3 rating throughout the post season.

Suri participated in the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation World Championships, representing Team Switzerland. Suri and his teammates, which included Raphael Diaz of the Montreal Canadiens and Roman Josi of the Nashville Predators, brought home the Silver Medal for Team Switzerland.

During those 9 games, Suri netted 5 goals and 3 assists for a total of 8 points. He carried a plus-5 rating while only serving 8 minutes in the penalty box. He was tied for first on the team for goals scored with Nino Niederreiter of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, the American Hockey League affiliate of the New York Islanders. He was also involved in a three way tie for first in overall points scored on the team with Roman Josi from the Predators and Denis Hollenstein of the Kloten Flyers, part of the Swiss National League A.

According to Elite Hockey Prospects, Suri is a skilled forward with speed to burn. They go on to say that he has good vision and a quick wrist shot. These are all assets that would surely benefit the team in multiple different scenarios.

A lot of these same characteristics can be said about current Lightning RW Martin St. Louis.

There are reports going around that Suri will remain in Europe for one more season to develop his game.

 

Whatever the case may be for next season, I am certainly interested to see what he can bring to the ice in this new level of play.

What do you think of the Lightning’s newest addition to the organization? Where do you think he could fit within the current scheme of things? Sound off in the comments below and let us know.

 

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