I think the truth is more complicated than that with Owen Sound. CBS Sports is a registered trademark of CBS Broadcasting Inc. site: sports | arena: nhl | pageType: players | The biggest concern with Suzuki is his slightly smaller size. His release is very quick, and can be deceptive for goaltenders. Suzuki is able to use his body and his stick to his advantage to keep possession under pressure, keeping the puck away from opponents. Refining his overall stride and improving top speed should be a priority. Suzuki is a competitor who will lend support well below his own circles, and he’s strong enough up-top to win puck battles against bigger players. Also impressive as a goal scorer, Suzuki has quick hands and drives the net, where he can finish plays in tight. After letting it sink in, I actually like what Kyle Dubas did at the draft. He also has good stick handling skills and can beat defencemen one-on-one with quick cuts, and changes of pace and and going to the net. This category only includes cookies that ensures basic functionalities and security features of the website. He has an incredible set of offensive tools that allow him to dominate on the ice. Montreal Canadiens Schedule, Roster, News, and Rumors | Eyes On The Prize, Nick Suzuki is one of the top prospects in a strengthening Montreal Canadiens system, Brendan Gallagher signs six-year extension with the Montreal Canadiens. This website uses cookies to improve your experience. This way, he resists the force the defenceman is applying and translates that energy into more forward momentum. The following clips of Nick Suzuki don’t aim to demonstrate his high-level skill. Nick Suzuki Bio Suzuki, a London, Ontario native, was taken by the Vegas Golden Knights in the first round (No. This is what, despite the great offensive tools he has, might make the transition to the next level harder as he has to keep up with the increasingly faster pace of the top league in the world. Outside of his Junior career, It seems like Suzuki wants to play the pivot position, looking to Patrice Bergeron as a model for his career. He is precise in his release and can fire the puck quite hard to beat goalies cleanly. As he said on the (great) Behind the Gear podcast, he has worked with a skating coach to correct it and has improved this aspect of his game since his draft year, especially his acceleration which is arguably the most important element. He’s a really talented kid but for me, he doesn’t really control a lot of the play but plays his game within how the game develops instead. He once again turns to protect it with his forehand along the wall, and after advancing a few steps manages a hook-pass under the opponent’s stick; one of his preferred feeds. He keeps his hands away from his body, accepts the pass, and, in a weight transfer, shoots it back to the net before a defender can move to block the fired puck. Born Aug 10 1999 — London, Ontario Plays a very heady, mature two-way game. He was drafted 13th overall last year by the Vegas Golden Knights, using their second first-round pick of the draft. Each day I will bring you a new player profile or topical article in the lead-up to the 2017 NHL Draft. In terms of a comparison, stylistically Suzuki reminds me of Robby Fabbri of the St. Louis Blues, though this is strictly a style comparison and not one based on talent. Suzuki has been great for Owen Sound with 45 goals and 96 points in 65 games this year. Last season Suzuki was part of Team Canada White, winning the 2015-16 Under 17 World Hockey Challenge. In today’s links, Brendan Gallagher’s contract impasse, Marc Bergevin’s transformation of the Canadiens, and taking stock of the first week of free agency. He has a quick first step and good acceleration, but can improve his stride and have better top end speed. Welcome back to Top Shelf Prospects, the daily column that brings you the next crop of professional hockey players. While he doesn’t have the greatest feet (more on this later) his stickhandling and his ability to misdirect opponents allows him to gain the room necessary to execute his plays, get scoring chances, or open up passing lanes to feed the puck to his teammates in scoring areas. First, Suzuki doesn’t race to catch the puck, but lets it come to him as it bounces off the boards. The concept of space creation is at the centre of Suzuki’s play. Suzuki has excellent vision and is a very good play maker. Suzuki has been great for Owen Sound with 45 goals and 96 points in 65 games this year. Center/Right Wing — shoots Right Born Aug 10 1999 — London, Ontario Height 5’11” — Weight 183 lbs [180 cm / 83 kg] Skating. 2nd pick in the 1st round NICK SUZUKI with Andy from NHL DRAFT CENTRAL breaking SUZUKI down for us. The fact that he has improved so much in the past year, along with being one of the younger players in the draft suggests a possibility that the ceiling may be even higher. These cookies do not store any personal information. Born Aug 10 1999 — London, Ontario We have a complete listing of our draft articles here. Suzuki is effective on the give and go plays, passing to a teammate and then finding open space for a return pass. Scouting Report Strong two-way center who was the best player on a deep, talented Owen Sound squad. When he has the puck, he makes smart plays, and when he does not, he finds openings to get the puck and create a scoring chance. Your email address will not be published. Be sure to bookmark the site, follow me on Twitter, and spread the word for the site that will bring you analytical and critical profiles and scouting reports! Our Top 25 Under 25 countdown just ended, with Suzuki unfortunately not being around to be featured in the rankings. He has good positioning, and when he is able to create a turnover, Suzuki is quick to transition to offence and create a scoring chance. When he has the puck, he makes smart plays, and when he does not, he finds openings to get the puck and create a scoring chance. But the concerns are not completely overblown either. When looking at Suzuki, his rankings heading into the 2017 NHL Entry Draft placed him as a mid-to-late round pick in the first-round. Suzuki is very dangerous in open ice because of the way he processes things before him. Suzuki could stand to be a little stronger, to improve his balance, and protect the puck better in the cycle as well as battle along the boards at higher levels. Nick Suzuki Scouting Report From Dobber Hockey’s Peter Harling: “Nick Suzuki is an undersized dynamic offensive player who uses his speed and playmaking ability to impact the game. Height 5’11” — Weight 183 lbs [180 cm / 83 kg]. Once he gets the puck, he uses his agility and edge work to create space and open up passing lanes. The following is a compilation of highlights, assembled from Youtube. Take a look at this half-wall play from a pre-season game with the Golden Knights last year. I wanted to make sure I wasn’t just catching him during a ‘lull’. Suzuki showed night after night this past season that he was on another level compared to both opponents and teammates alike. Article content. I could see teams being all over the board with this player depending on how much they like him. Is a talented playmaker who is also adept at finishing off plays himself. Suzuki, also a high OHL draft pick, has been dominating the Junior league in the past two years with the Owen Sound Attack with one campaign of 96 points followed by another of 100. Prospects with late birthdays are often less finished products, and coincidentally have more room to grow than others. However, just because a player is 5’11” doesn’t mean he will always struggle physically. He’s a gifted passer and stickhandler who can play plays while moving laterally or cutting across the grain. Strong two-way center who was the best player on a deep, talented Owen Sound squad. With a season more of development under his belt, he could potentially make Montreal’s lineup. Eliteprospects.com hockey player profile of Nick Suzuki, 1999-08-10 London, ON, CAN Canada. The Habs also had him in high esteem, placing him 11th on their 2017 list. If he doesn’t, then he will have to keep the right attitude going forward. 7. In other words, he doesn’t recover his feet completely under his body after a push and doesn’t get full power out of those. Welcome back to Top Shelf Prospects, the daily column that brings you the next crop of professional hockey players. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. I had a real hard time getting a good read on Suzuki and since that’s the case, I wanted to see him in a bunch of different games from different times throughout the year. He thinks the game very well, spotting openings that other players do not see, and seems to be a step ahead of where the puck is going. Suzuki has now had seasons of 45 and 42 goals. But with the Habs’ lineup in need of an injection of talent, Suzuki will probably get a long look at training camp. }); 2020 NHL Draft Order: Where are your team’s picks? Nick Suzuki had his coming out party at this summer’s Ivan Hlinka tournament, where he put up three points in four games for team Canada. While others only match the play of their opponents and teammates, Suzuki can often remain a step ahead and in a good position. Center/Right Wing — shoots Right Born Aug 10 1999 — London, Ontario Height 5’11” — Weight 183 lbs [180 cm / 83 kg] Skating. A crazy start and end to the week bookended by two new wingers. Suzuki is effective on the give and go plays, passing to a teammate and then finding open space for a return pass. He brings the same relentless approach to battling for pucks in the neutral zone and the defensive zone, that he shows on the forecheck. Nick Suzuki - #14 - Center - Montreal Canadiens - Get the latest news, highlights, and career stats for Nick Suzuki from CBSSports.com. He uses that acceleration and first step to chase down loose pucks, and gets in quickly on the forecheck, throwing hits or pressuring defenders into turnovers. He has a quick first step and good acceleration, but can improve his stride and have better top end speed. No. He is a big fan of slowing the game down to his own pace, but he’s proven to drop the shoulder and catch defenders flat footed. The backup goaltender position has been solidified. He is projected to average 1.62 fantasy points. His annual draft preview is truly a must-read! He also has good stick handling skills and can beat defencemen one-on-one with quick cuts, and changes of pace and and going to the net. Even in tight spaces and under pressure, Suzuki finds ways to come out of the scrums with possession, creatively using the boards or his teammates for give-and-go plays. OK, Yotes & B's had constraints but still like their picks, especially Boston. I had a real hard time getting a good read on Suzuki and since that’s the case, I wanted to see him in a bunch of different games from different times throughout the year. One of the leading analysts of #hockey prospects. Once he gets the puck, he uses his agility and edge work to create space and open up passing lanes. Shoots: Right Let’s just say that this is not the first time this question has been asked about a Montreal Canadiens prospect or player. Habsent Minded: Anderson, and Guhle, and Toffoli, oh my! I wanted to make sure I wasn’t just catching him during a ‘lull’. THP The first tools are his great hands. He is a very shifty stick-handler who can fit the puck into very narrow holes inside the opposing defence. © 2004-2020 CBS Interactive. Also impressive as a goal scorer, Suzuki has quick hands and drives the net, where he can finish plays in tight. #LIVE with Steve Kournianos (@TheDraftAnalyst)! Nick Suzuki is expected to come up slightly short of this season-to-date's #59 fantasy position rank. In the case of Suzuki, there have been many reports that he has played mostly on the wing in the past couple of years. He had a good pre-season last year with the Golden Knights before being returned to Owen Sound, and there is no reason to expect any less of him this year.

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