Nick Suzuki

by Peter Harling on December 22, 2017

Nick Suzuki, C

Shoots: R

Height: 5-11

Weight: 183

Born: 1999-08-10

Hometown:  London, ON, CAN

Drafted: 1st round 2017 13th overall VGK

Observations:

December 2017 - Nick Suzuki was arguably the biggest surprise to get cut from Canada’s world Junior team. He has posted 44 points in only 28 games – 1.57 points-per-game average - for the Owen Sound Attack (OHL), and is the youngest player in the top-20 of the entire CHL. If Canada struggles at the WJC Suzuki will be looked at as a missing piece that was supposed to provide an offensive boost to a gifted all-around team. It will be interesting to monitor Suzuki’s production in the second half of the season to see if he uses the cut as motivation in what very well could be his last season as an amateur player. Mason Black

March 2017 – Suzuki is an undersized dynamic offensive player who uses his speed and playmaking ability to impact the game. While slightly undersized he is not shy to play physically and go to the net or dig for pucks in the corner. Suzuki thinks the game fast and has the hands and feet to match which makes him a projectable NHL player. Suzuki has a motor that won’t quit on plays and he is a reliable back checker as well making him an effective two-way player. Suzuki made a strong impression as a rookie year scoring 20 goals for the Owen Sound Attack and had a strong showing to start his draft year at the Ivan Hlinka Tournament for Canada with a goal and three points in four games, this season his offensive totals have exploded with 45 goals and 95 points. Despite being a short player, he is strong on the puck, has speed and skill to burn and is a smart player, he will play in a top six role in the NHL when he is ready .  Peter Harling

Fantasy Outlook: A-

Potential top six two-way NHL center.

 

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