Nicholas Suzuki (born August 10, 1999) is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre currently playing for the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was drafted 13th overall by the Vegas Golden Knights in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.
Suzuki was drafted in the 1st round, 13th overall, in the 2015 OHL Priority Selection by the Owen Sound Attack. In his 2016–17 OHL season he placed second in goals scored (45) and fifth in points (96), placed on the OHL All-Star second team and won the William Hanley Trophy for Most sportmanslike player. On June 23, 2017 Suzuki was drafted in the 1st round, 13th overall, in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft by the Vegas Golden Knights. On July 16, 2017, Suzuki agreed to a three-year, entry-level contract with the Vegas Golden Knights. Suzuki was invited to the Knights training camp before the 2017–18 season; however, he was cut and reassigned to the OHL before the final roster was announced. At the conclusion of the 2017–18 season, Suzuki was nominated for the Red Tilson Trophy and the William Hanley Trophy. After the Owen Sound Attack were eliminated from the 2018 OHL playoffs, Suzuki was reassigned to the Knights’ AHL affiliate, the Chicago Wolves.
On September 10, 2018, prior to the 2018–19 season, Suzuki was traded to the Montreal Canadiens, along with Tomáš Tatar and a 2019 second round draft pick, in exchange for their captain Max Pacioretty. After playing in 30 games for the Attack, Suzuki was traded to the Guelph Storm, along with Zachary Roberts and then-Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Sean Durzi, in exchange for Zachary Poirier, Barret Kirwin, Mark Woolley and four draft picks on January 9, 2019. Suzuki would go on to help the Storm win the J. Ross Robertson Cup for their sixth championship in franchise history that season.
Suzuki made his NHL debut on October 3, 2019 against the Carolina Hurricanes. He scored his first NHL point with a power-play assist in a 5–4 overtime loss to the Buffalo Sabres on October 9, 2019. Suzuki scored his first career NHL goal on October 17, 2019. Teammate Victor Mete scored his first NHL goal in the same game, making the pair the first Canadiens players to do so since 2005.
Suzuki is the older brother of Saginaw Spirit forward and Carolina Hurricanes draft pick, Ryan Suzuki, and his grandfather is a cousin of environmentalist David Suzuki. He is fifth generation Japanese Canadian (Gosei) and is one-quarter Japanese.
Regular season and playoffs
|2015–16||Owen Sound Attack||OHL||63||20||18||38||4||6||2||0||2||0|
|2016–17||Owen Sound Attack||OHL||65||45||51||96||10||17||8||14||22||10|
|2017–18||Owen Sound Attack||OHL||64||42||58||100||18||11||3||9||12||2|
|2018–19||Owen Sound Attack||OHL||30||22||23||45||4||—||—||—||—||—|
Awards and achievements