Ryan Suzuki was drafted by the Hurricanes 28th overall in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft. He is currently playing in his third OHL season with the Barrie Colts after an impressive NHL training camp earned him his entry-level contract. Suzuki was kind enough to answer a few questions, and I hope you all enjoy! (Header photo from NHL.com)
M: Let’s talk about your experiences at the Prospects Showcase and in an NHL training camp. What were some of your biggest takeaways from these experiences?
Suzuki: I think the biggest things I took away were the little things off the ice. Warming up for a game, you have to activate every part of your body, you have to prepare, eat the right things, and act like a pro at all times. The biggest thing was just taking care of yourself, and that after the games you make sure that you get a good bike and stretch in, because all of that stuff is important. I think that kind of stuff gets overlooked in junior a bit, so you can’t take a day off when you’re a pro.
M: When you’re not playing hockey, what are some of the things that you like to do?
Suzuki: Usually when I’m not playing hockey I’m at home, resting. I sometimes play the guitar with my billet brother. He’s been playing for a while and he’s been teaching me throughout the couple years that I’ve been here (Barrie). So just playing the guitar with him or resting is usually what I’m doing when I’m not playing hockey.
M: Any hidden talents?
Suzuki: My hidden talent would probably be playing guitar. I don’t tell everybody that, but that’s my hidden talent.
M: What is the one area of your game that you feel is the most underrated?
Suzuki: I think my shot, I think that’s pretty underrated. But I just don’t use it as much as I should, and that’s why I don’t think people notice how good it really is. I think my shot is pretty accurate, I just have to use it more.
M: What are your goals, both personal and team goals, that you have heading into the season?
Suzuki: I think personally, for me, it’s to get better in my own end and just some little things like getting under the puck and always supporting it down low. I want to have a good plus/minus this year, so that’s a big thing for me. I also want 40 or 35 goals to show that I can score as well and that I’m not just a total playmaker. I think for the team, last year we missed the playoffs and now we want to give the fans a good year and go deep in the playoffs.
M: What were some words of advice that your brother, Nick, gave you after you were drafted by the Hurricanes?
Suzuki: Going into development camp, he told me that you just have to go there and play your game. They drafted you for a reason, obviously they saw something that they liked. You just have to go and give it your best. Work hard and good things will come, so that was the biggest thing he told me.
M: If you could choose one song to be your goal song, what song would it be?
Suzuki: My goal song would be Stole the Show by Kygo
Here’s the official video of you’re interested!
Once again, thank you to Ryan Suzuki and the Barrie Colts for allowing me this opportunity! Best of luck to Suzuki this season!