The Arrival of Ryan Suzuki
Now I know what you are thinking, next season is way too early for Ryan, who is still 18 to make the transition to the NHL, and you would be correct. The OHL superstar, and former teammate to current NHL superstar Andrei Svechnikov, probably isn’t going to make his NHL debut to start the 20-21 season, but he probably has played his final game in the OHL.
Chances are that he will play a season in Charlotte to feel him out against AHL/NHL speed players before diving him into the top hockey league in the world, not unlike Martin Necas. With his contract on a slide and the Hurricanes looking to pay guys like Svech and Dougie Hamilton next offseason, don’t be surprised to see Suzuki remain in the AHL.
But that doesn’t mean he can’t be called up here or there. In fact, when 2021 finally comes around, we might just get to see what Suzuki can do in the NHL, if not with a late-season call-up, then with him making the roster out of training camp for the 2021-2020 season.
I mean, who isn’t excited to see this talent come up to Raleigh?
I know I am.