Nick Suzuki

Birthdate: 1999-08-10
Birthplace: London, Ontario, Canada
Shoots: Right
Height: 5′-11″
Weight: 201 lbs
NHL Draft: 2018 | Round 1 | 13th overall by Vegas Golden Knights
Waivers Eligibility: 2022-23 or 160 NHL GP

2017-18$1,387,500$92,500ENTRY-LEVEL SLIDE

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2015-16Owen Sound AttackOHL632018384-1562020
2016-17Owen Sound AttackOHL654551961051178152310
2017-18Owen Sound AttackOHL64425810018301139122
2017-18Chicago WolvesAHL10000
2018-19Owen Sound AttackOHL30222345412
2018-19Guelph StormOHL291237498282416264216
2019-20Montreal CanadiensNHL711328416-15104370
2020-21Montreal CanadiensNHL


An elite offensive player who also has great defensive abilities an overall complete package. Suzuki’s smarts are off the charts, he reads and anticipates plays better than most prospects in the game. His ability to be deceptive with his playmaking and shot are two of his greatest assets offensively. His speed has greatly improved over the course of the season and his acceleration has followed along. He’s first steps are quick and shifty, his edgework is also really great which attributes to his elite stick handling skills. Suzuki tends to be three or more steps ahead of the play and sometimes too far ahead for his teammates to catch onto. His one-on-one puck handling skills can be very deceptive and slick but it’s also the determination to keep the puck on his stick even when the deke doesn’t favour his way. He stays with the play and is very good at improvising to extend puck possession. Suzuki’s release is fantastic, he hides his release point very well and can bring excellent power behind a free-flowing snapper. Accuracy is another great component of his shot as he usually finds the open spot. Suzuki showed well 5-on-5 defensively coming back deep in his own zone and using is ridiculously high-level IQ to always position himself accordingly. He also worked as a dual-threat on the penalty kill while efficiently defending but also providing unsuspecting opponents with surprises while a man down. Suzuki’s game overall has grown quite a bit over the last couple of years and has also been leaned upon as a leader due to his great character and demeanor. – JD



“A smaller player with great straight ahead speed and a plethora of offensive tools, he is as dangerous shorthanded as he is at even strength, scoring five shorthanded goals for the second year in a row…Outside of the physical game, Suzuki brings it all. Superb skating, a hard shot, silky puck skills, high hockey IQ, reliability. It is rare to see such a prolific scorer used with such frequency on the PK. Needs to focus more on utilizing his linemates instead of trying to create and finish plays on his own, but this is a dynamic talent who should meet the demands of both coaches and fans.” – (McKeen’s Hockey)

“A no quit, full of energy centreman who adapts to new situations well and shows versatility…has impressive quickness in his feet and an enviable top speed…agile and shifty…deceptive with quick hands showing creativity and poise with the puck…has elite hockey IQ…possesses a surprisingly quick wrist shot that he uses to pick his targets…impressive playmaking ability and touch on his passes…great defensively and seems to constantly have the puck on his stick…has great body positioning and a solid frame to shield the puck, great with his stick in tight…pressures hard on the forecheck…gets back in a hurry on the backcheck…gets to the right positions to make a quick transition back to attack after the puck changes possession…he reads and adapts exceptionally well…just a potentially strong two-way contributor at the next level.” – Aaron Vickers (Future Considerations)

“A smart offensive center who thinks the game at a fast pace and makes very good decisions on a consistent basis. Though he may not be the biggest player on the ice, Suzuki plays a thick, sturdy game and is hard to knock off the puck, especially when he has his feet moving. He’s an excellent skater that knows his own game well. Skilled with the puck and has a high level of hockey sense. This blend of talent and work ethic is hard to come by, invaluable in the long run.” – (Elite Prospects)