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2019 Draft Countdown No. 12: Ryan Suzuki

Welcome to Canucks Army’s 2019 Draft Countdown. Over the next four weeks leading up to the draft, we’ll be rounding up scouting reports, quotes, and videos about our Top-100 prospects available. Here is an aggregated profile on Ryan Suzuki.

Ryan Suzuki

Date of birth: May 28th, 2001

Nation: Canada

Position: Centre

Shoots: L

Height: 6’0″ / 184 cm

Weight: 181 lbs / 82 kg

Profile: Younger brother of 2017 first-round draft pick Nick Suzuki, Ryan Suzuki is much like his older brother when it comes to thinking the game at a high level. The major difference, though, between the two is that Ryan tends to play more on the periphery, whereas Nick is more involved with the play. Regardless, Ryan Suzuki boasts a high level of skill and hockey sense, always managing to find himself open room in the offensive zone. 

I think there is a slight difference between the elite players in the top 10 and the next group, of which I would include Suzuki. There’s no question his IQ, vision, passing, and skating his are elite. His passing can be awe-inspiring, the way he finds new creative ways to get the puck onto the sticks of his teammates through the tightest lanes. But I think to consider him in that top tier of players he would have to show more consistent game changing ability, and improve his defensive zone game.

As for projection, I think there is a high probability with Suzuki’s skill that he turns into a solid top 6 contributor. His playmaking ability and skating are high end enough for me to project his development into a top six forward as a high probability. – FlamesNation 

Suzuki is one of the smartest OHL prospects we have seen in years. He is a good skater, excellent passer and is very good at putting himself in scoring positions, where he rarely fails to capitalize. He does not play overly physical, but is very good at avoiding contact while doing so. He has excellent hands and all around vision. The top player in the Alliance Loop this season, his name was the very first called in April’s OHL Draft. – Tyler Parchem, Elite Prospects 

Suzuki has excellent vision and will connect with a linemate from just about anywhere, regardless of how dense the network of skates, bodies and sticks are clogging a passing lane. He has a soft touch and feathers passes with regularity, but he also can whip the puck around with both accuracy and authority. Although Suzuki is an excellent stickhandler with elusiveness and agility to avoid contact, the puck doesn’t spend a lot of time on his stick at even strength. He’s usually on the periphery during puck battles and the corners, and you will rarely see him engage in physical play. Nonetheless, Suzuki is an effective penalty killer and aggressive forechecker whose positioning, quick stick and awareness forces turnovers in the opposing end. He is capable of turning seemingly harmless plays into quality scoring chances. – Steve Kournianos, The Draft Analyst 

Ryan Suzuki will undeniably offer an offensive boost to whichever team selects him. The 25-point gap between him and the second-highest scorer on his team demonstrates how important he was to the Colts’ offence.

He also showed why he would be a top selection come this June at the Hlinka/Gretzky Cup. He scored one goal and assisted seven times in five games. He was a force on the ice for a Canadian team that fumbled out of the medal round. He showed that no matter what his environment, he was able to rise above it and demonstrate his skills. – Marc-Antoine Levis, Habs Eyes on the Prize 

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  • Locust

    Boy, a lot of weasel words to say he essentially plays a little soft.
    You cannot have too many players who go out of their way to ‘avoid’ contact in a contact sport. Nothing wrong with a few highly skilled small-ish guys that do that but unless you have some toughness, grit, size and skank, you will never, ever be a championship team.

  • LemonHart

    I haven’t seen anything that has him this high. THN 17, ISS 19.
    It will be interesting to see how accurate these were come draft day as this isn’t the only ranking that seems off. And years to know who was ultimately right at assessing the available talent.

    • Defenceman Factory

      While I agree this ranking has Suzuki rated too high the intent here isn’t to predict draft position. The “Nation” is ranking players against each other.

  • Beer Can Boyd

    Would he be able to play on the St Louis Blues? No? Pass……… simply put, the NHL continues to change their rules 180 degrees in the playoffs, and players like this are marginalized. For Vancouver fans, a Cup is the only thing that matters.

    • Green Bastard

      There will be a long wait then, because Benning is still loading up on smurfs. The opposite of that 2011 ‘Boston Model’ he was hired to copy for us lol

      • Bud Poile

        Pearson ,Leivo,Schenn-all over 6′ and 200 lbs..
        Your rabid rants against taking 6’2″ Pettersson in the last draft is well documented here on CA.
        Woo,Gadjovich,Lind,Juolevi,Boeser and Virtanen-all over 6′ and 200 lbs..
        Even Karlsson is over 6′ and heading to 190 lbs at 19 years of age.
        Brisebois and Gaudette? Over 6′
        MacEwen,Sautner ,Rafferty and Teves? All 6′ and taller.
        Kind of the opposite.Yeah.

        • Green Bastard

          I don’t do rabid rants or trolling, that’s your gig and we all know this.

          Hughes (170), Petterssen (175), Teves, Stecher, Baertschi, Sutter, Spooner, Granlund, Gaudette, Eriksson, Motte, Leivo, Brisebois are all lightweights listed under 190 lbs lol.

          St Louis just won the Stanley Cup playing big, mean and nasty. 22 of their roster are OVER 190, 19 are over 200… Ring any bells dumb dumb?