Last Word On Hockey

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Top six playmaking center with all the tools to be a high volume points producer at the NHL level.


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July 2024 – Finally playing in a fully healthy season, barring some healthy scratches, Ryan Suzuki made the most of his time with the Springfield Thunderbirds. He started the season as the team’s fourth-line center but ended the season as the second-line center, playing minutes on both the power play and the penalty kill. Putting up 14 goals
and 16 assists for 30 points in those 51 games, Suzuki is in a good position to contend for an NHL roster spot going into training camp. Nick Bass

September 2023 – The last update that I gave on Ryan Suzuki was that he really needed a strong, fully healthy year to really put himself back where his development was supposed to be. The recent prospects tournament really showcased that Suzuki has still been developing despite the tumultuous years since his eye injury. Producing two goals and an assist during the three games, his two-way play was on full display, shown mainly by this goal. Stealing the puck away from 2023 first round pick Tanner Molendyk with a poke check, outracing everyone down the length of the ice and easily sneaking one past another former first round pick in Yaroslav Askarov. Nick Bass


June 2023 – 2022-23 proved to be Suzuki’s healthiest year since 2018-19 with the Barrie Colts and it showed. Suzuki posted 32 points in 50 games in which he played in all situations and only had 18 PIMs. Being healthy has provided him with a huge boost of confidence, which can be seen offensively in his shot total being the highest it has been in his young AHL career. His potential is sort of confusing to predict at this point because of a wide variety of injuries, but if the 22 year old can stay healthy, he can become a solid bottom-six center with penalty kill potential. Nick Bass


March 2022 – Suzuki has suited up for 22 AHL games with the Chicago Wolf Pack. He has managed six goals and three assists for nine points thus far. He’s averaging half a penalty minute, and just above a shot per game this season, and that puts him almost exactly on par with last year’s AHL production. Not quite the point per game numbers we saw from him in the OHL, but such is the case when players join the pro ranks. Suzuki will be 21 years old this summer, and though he is not likely a top flight prospect on your roster, he is worth watching in deeper leagues. Alex Wyatt


May 2021 – Suzuki adjusted nicely to the professional level, he had his ups and downs this season in the AHL with Chicago but recording 10 points in 26 games is no small feat for the rookie. Despite going pointless in his final nine games there is a lot to be encouraged about in his game. With a full-time spot in the AHL likely for Suzuki this year will serve as an excellent developmental stint before preparing to make a big impact next season. Austin Broad 


April 2021 – Suzuki has been having a strong season in the AHL for Chicago, he has five goals and five assists in 20 games so far for the Wolves. Suzuki will be playing in the pros for the rest of the season as the OHL is officially done. It is possible that Suzuki’s OHL career is over with his age and the success he’s had so far this year. Austin Broad


February 2021 – The Hurricanes have multiple Junior eligible prospects succeeding in the AHL right now and Suzuki is one of them. After an impressive World Junior tournament, Suzuki has continued his impressive play suiting up in seven games for the Wolves, scoring twice and adding two assists. He is adjusting well to the AHL and should be ready for a great showing in the OHL should the league return in April. Austin Broad 


January 2021 – Suzuki had a solid WJC, scoring four points in seven games for Team Canada on the fourth line for most of the tournament. He’s an exceptional playmaker, and it was nice to see him in action. With Saginaw not playing this year, he is currently playing in Chicago with the Wolves. Jack LeGwin


February 2020 – After getting traded from Barrie to Saginaw, Suzuki has been on a tear, tallying 28 points in 18 games 11G-17A. One of the best pure playmakers in the Carolina system, Suzuki has continued to make progress scoring the puck as he has upped his projected goal output. He continues to show his phenomenal hands and touch while continuing to get stronger. Effort level has been questioned at times in the past, but it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him play in Charlotte next year for the Checkers. Jack LeGwin


June 2018 – As the first round moved on, a few forwards slipped farther than the consensus expected. Suzuki is a consummate playmaker, and as a pass first center he sees the ice better than most players in this draft. The pivot does a terrific job of setting his line-mates up in high-danger scoring chances both at even strength and on the power play. He will continue to add weight and improve on the defensive side of the puck over the next couple developmental seasons, but expect him to be among the OHL’s top scorers in his draft plus one season. He’s certainly a guy who should go higher than 28 in dynasty league drafts based on his offensive ceiling. Kevin LeBlanc


June 2018 – The Carolina Hurricanes have selected Ryan Suzuki with the 28th pick in the 2019 draft.  Kevin LeBlanc

Fantasy Upside 8.5
NHL Certainty 7.0
Country CAN
Position C
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth May 28, 2001
Height 6‘0”
Weight 176 lbs
Drafted 2019 Round 1; Overall: 28


 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2012-2013 West Coast Selects U12WSI U126 2 13 0|        
 2015-2016 London Jr. Knights U15 AAAALLIANCE U15- - -- -|        
  London Jr. Knights U15 AAAOHF Bantam AAA6 3 69 2|        
  West Coast Selects U15WSI U156 0 22 2|        
 2016-2017 London Jr. Knights U16 AAAALLIANCE U1632 19 4059 10|Playoffs11 9 1322
  London NationalsGOJHL1 2 02 0|Playoffs6 1 23
  London Jr. Knights U16 AAAOHL Cup6 1 45 6|        
  Team ALLIANCE OGC-165 2 02 4|        
 2017-2018 Team Red U17-Dev3 1 23 0|        
  Barrie ColtsOHL64 14 3044 10|Playoffs12 1 34
  Canada Red U17WHC-176 3 47 2|        
 2018-2019 Barrie ColtsOHL65 25 5075 14|        
  Canada U18WJC-185 0 11 0|        
  Canada U18Hlinka Gretzky Cup5 1 78 4|        
  OHL All-StarsJr Super Series1 0 00 0|        
 2019-2020 Barrie ColtsOHL21 5 1823 16|        
  Saginaw SpiritOHL23 13 2235 8|        
 2020-2021 Chicago WolvesAHL26 5 510 2|        
  Canada U20WJC-207 2 24 0|        
 2021-2022 Chicago WolvesAHL34 7 714 20|        
 2022-2023 Chicago WolvesAHL50 13 1932 18|        
 2023-2024 Springfield ThunderbirdsAHL51 14 1630 14|