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Looking ahead to the 2019 Draft: Ryan Suzuki

Nick Suzuki's younger brother is seen as one of the best playmakers of the 2019 Draft class

by Pierre-Antoine Mercier, translated by Dan Braverman @CanadiensMTL / canadiens.com

MONTREAL - With the 2019 NHL Draft approaching, here are some options which could be of interest to the Canadiens, who hold the 15th pick in the first round. Today: centerman Ryan Suzuki.

Player profile

Date of birth: May 28, 2001
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 176 lbs.
Shoots: Left
Position: Center
Midseason ranking, North American skaters: 10
Final ranking, North American skaters: 18

Stats

Season Team League Games played Goals Assists Points +/-
2018-19 Barrie OHL 65 25 50 75 + 7
2017-18 Barrie OHL 64 14 30 44 + 15

Just like his brother Nick, Ryan is known for his strong hockey sense. His vision on the ice helps him stand out among the pack.

Tweet from @OHLHockey: Quick move. Quicker release 🚨#NHLDraft prospect @RSuzuki61 shows off his scoring touch with this #BestOfOHL effort in @OHLBarrieColts win over London. pic.twitter.com/7IDohXtnPe

According to several experts, Ryan is less of a sharpshooter than his brother but is a better skater.

Tweet from @OHLHockey: Wizardry accurately describes this @RSuzuki61 rush 😮2������0������🚨 for the #NHLDraft prospect but none better than this with a big game play for a big @OHLBarrieColts win as playoff push heats up. pic.twitter.com/8EbxGxfCki

The London, ON-born centerman performed very well at the World Under-17 Hockey Championship in 2017-18, finishing first on Team Canada Red with seven points (3G, 4A) in six games.

Expert opinion

"One of the top playmaking centers available in the draft, Suzuki (6-foot, 178 pounds) possesses great hockey sense, is effective at making plays at top speed and can make good decisions under pressure." -Mike G. Morreale, NHL Central Scouting Bureau

"Scouts are high on Suzuki's creativity, passing ability, hands and on-ice vision." -Adam Kimelman, NHL Central Scouting Bureau

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