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Suzuki: Man on fire

Habs prospect centering the most dangerous line in the OHL right now

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

MONTREAL - Nick Suzuki seems to have found his rhythm with the Guelph Storm.

Acquired from the Owen Sound Attack on January 9, Suzuki has scored 10 goals for 41 points in 23 games since joining his new team.

The Vegas Golden Knights' first-round pick (13th overall) in 2017 looks like he's really found his place with Guelph the last few games.

Tweet from @Storm_City: 🚨 ZUK! @nsuzuki_37 snipes it to increase the lead to 4-1! #GUEvsKIT pic.twitter.com/vhqu1bprQd

Suzuki has put up 20 points (5G, 15A) in just his last six games. Those stats reflect the fact that he has successfully transitioned to his new squad, he says.

"I would say I'm more and more comfortable with the team, my teammates, the coaches, and the system. Just to feel comfortable is important for me," mentioned the 11th-highest scorer in the OHL with 32 goals and 86 points in 53 games. "I think it really starts to show in games."

For those six games, the London, ON native has pivoted a line that has given opposing teams lots of grief.

Tweet from @Storm_City: 🚨 Yeah well @nsuzuki_37 and @isaacratcliffe are unstoppable so whatevs 🤷���������2-0 early! #GUEvsFLNT pic.twitter.com/J3gIeVPTA3

Guelph's first line - consisting of Suzuki, Isaac Ratcliffe, and Nate Schnarr - have combined for 19 goals and 48 points during that span.

"We're playing really well lately. We're working hard to recover pucks. Isaac and Nate are two physical players who are smart and like to go to the net. It's easy for me to find them in the right spots to score," explained the centerman. "I think our cycle game is one of the best I've played in. We just have to keep going."

Tweet from @Storm_City: 🚨 We know all you @CanadiensMTL fans are enjoying the "Mint" kid, but don't forget about the Superior kid 😉 4-0 off of this LASER from @nsuzuki_37.#GUEvsFLNT pic.twitter.com/bu0zt2uATZ

What's more, since the Suzuki-Ratcliffe-Schnarr line was formed, the Storm haven't lost a game.

Among the elite

Suzuki is enjoying the best year of his OHL career with an average of 1.62 points per game, which is also good for fourth in the league.

The 19-year-old forward is also in second in the OHL with 10 game-winning goals, and sits seventh with a plus-40 differential.

Tweet from @Storm_City: 🚨 Yup, @nsuzuki_37 is really good at hockey. Holyyyyyyyy 🚀#GUEvsFLNT pic.twitter.com/Y1nF3wo9yO

Suzuki is also excelling in the faceoff dot, having won 423 draws for a 55% win rate.

The 5-foot-11, 183-pound pivot wants to build on his recent success with the playoffs quickly approaching.

"I want to finish the regular season strong," expressed the Habs hopeful. "I want to continue building on the momentum I have right now ahead of the playoffs."

The Storm is assured of a spot in the big dance: Guelph currently occupies fourth place in the Western Conference with just six games to go in the regular season.

"We want to continue climbing the standings. There aren't a lot of games left and we should win as many as possible," outlined Suzuki. "The guys are all excited for the challenge."

The Suzuki-Ratcliffe-Schnarr line will surely be one to watch come playoff time.

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