Ryan Suzuki

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Ryan Suzuki
Born (2001-05-28) May 28, 2001 (age 18)
London, Ontario
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 176 lb (80 kg; 12 st 8 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
NHL team (P)
Cur. team
Carolina Hurricanes
Barrie Colts (OHL)
NHL Draft 28th overall, 2019
Carolina Hurricanes
Playing career TBD–present

Ryan Suzuki (born May 28, 2001) is a Canadian junior ice hockey forward currently playing for the Barrie Colts in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) as a prospect to the Carolina Hurricanes of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was drafted 28th overall by the Hurricanes in the first round of the 2019 NHL Entry Draft.[1] He is the younger brother of Montreal Canadiens forward Nick Suzuki.

Playing career[edit]

Junior[edit]

Suzuki was drafted by the Barrie Colts of the Ontario Hockey League as the first overall selection in the 2017 OHL Priority Draft. On September 21, 2017, Suzuki made his Colts debut, as he scored a goal against Olivier Tremblay and added an assist in an 11–2 victory over the Ottawa 67's. On February 2, Suzuki had his first career multi-goal game, as he scored twice against the London Knights in an 8–4 win. On March 3, Suzuki recorded his first career three point game, as he scored two goals and an assist in a 7–2 win over the Niagara IceDogs. In the last game of the regular season, on March 17, Suzuki recorded five assists in a 10-3 win over the Sudbury Wolves. Overall, in 64 games with the Colts during the 2017–18 season, Suzuki scored 14 goals and 44 points in 64 games. On March 22, Suzuki appeared in his first career OHL post-season game, as he was held off the score sheet in a 6–2 loss to the Mississauga Steelheads. On March 29, in his fourth game of the playoffs, Suzuki earned his first career playoff point, assisting on a goal by Tyler Tucker in a 5–4 overtime victory over the Steelheads. On April 4, Suzuki scored his first career OHL playoff goal against Jeremy Helvig of the Kingston Frontenacs in a 6–5 Colts victory. In 12 playoff games, Suzuki scored a goal and four points, as Barrie lost to the Frontenacs in the Eastern Conference semi-finals. Suzuki was named to the OHL Second All-Rookie Team for the 2017–18 season.

In his second season with the Colts in 2018–19, Suzuki was named an assistant captain of the club. In the Colts first game of the season on September 20, Suzuki scored a goal and three points in a 9–2 win over the Owen Sound Attack. One week later, on September 27, Suzuki tied his career high with five points in a game, as he scored a goal and four assists in a 10–3 over the Sudbury Wolves. Suzuki had a very solid season, as he earned three or more points in a game eight times during the season. He finished the year as the scoring leader of the Colts with 25 goals and 75 points in 65 games. The rebuilding club failed to qualify for the post-season during the 2018–19 season.

Suzuki was drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes in the first round, 28th overall, at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft held in Vancouver, British Columbia. He was later signed to a three-year, entry-level contract with the Hurricanes on September 18, 2019.[2]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2016–17 London Nationals GOJHL 1 2 0 2 0 6 1 2 3 0
2017–18 Barrie Colts OHL 64 14 30 44 10 12 1 3 4 2
2018–19 Barrie Colts OHL 65 25 50 75 14
OHL totals 129 39 80 119 24 12 1 3 4 2

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2017 Canada Red U17 2nd, silver medalist(s) 6 3 4 7 2
2018 Canada HG18 1st, gold medalist(s) 5 1 7 8 4
2019 Canada U18 4th 5 0 1 1 0
Junior totals 16 4 12 16 6

References[edit]

  1. ^ Alexander, Chip (June 21, 2019). "Canes take Ryan Suzuki with 28th pick in NHL Draft". The News & Observer. Retrieved June 21, 2019.
  2. ^ "Canes sign Suzuki to three-year, entry-level deal". Carolina Hurricanes. September 18, 2019. Retrieved September 18, 2019.

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Andrei Svechnikov
Carolina Hurricanes first round draft pick
2019
Succeeded by
Incumbent