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.
Date of birth: May 28th, 2001
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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