Suzuki has 13 goals, 28 assists and is minus-15 while averaging 15:59 of ice time per game over 71 games in 2019-20. Suzuki, who hasn't missed a game, showed the typical signs of rookie fatigue prior to the NHL suspending the season, posting just one point over the final nine contests. He currently ranks sixth in rookie scoring. Immediately prior to the scoring drop, Suzuki won the team's player of the month award for February, when the 20-year-old forward led the Habs in power-play goals and points (two and five), tied for second in points (10), tied for third in goals (four) and shots (35), and ranked fourth in assists (six). He received ample time on the power play (2:10 per game) and is tied with Tomas Tatar on the team with 14 power-play points. Suzuki impressed head coach Claude Julien with his hockey IQ, and he'll return in a top-six role and as a member of the power-play unit in 2020-21.
Suzuki had an assist, three shots on net and two hits in Tuesday's 4-2 loss to the Predators. The assist snapped Suzuki's eight-game pointless streak, the longest such stretch of futility for the 20-year-old. With it being March, talk of the rookie hitting the wall has started. "Last year was a big year for him," head coach Claude Julien told Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette. "World juniors, the Memorial Cup, everything. So a lot of extra games that he's played. Finished in May. By the end of June, he's back on the ice here in development camp, rookie camp. Big season, first season, so eventually those things catch up. That, to me, is just a normal thing." Suzuki is one of four Canadiens to play every game this season.
Suzuki had three shots on net in Thursday's 4-0 loss to the Lightning. Suzuki has gone seven consecutive games without a point, easily his longest stretch of futility during his rookie season. It may be cliche, but hockey coaches often talk about rookies hitting a wall during the second half of a season, and that may be happening here. The 20-year-old Suzuki is in uncharted territory in terms of games played. Thursday's game was his 69th, surpassing his previous high of 65.
Suzuki picked up a pair of power-play points Tuesday, scoring a goal and tallying an assist in a 4-3 loss to Detroit. The rookie now has 40 points in 62 games, making Suzuki one of the most prized youngsters in fantasy this season. The 20-year-old was also useful in the faceoff circle, finishing the game at 55 percent. Playing mostly in a top-six role for the Canadiens, Suzuki's fantasy value is as high as it's been all season. Thursday in Washington, he'll look to push his point streak to five games.
Suzuki had a power-play assist and two shots on net in Friday's 4-1 loss to the Penguins. For the second straight game, Suzuki had a hand in Montreal's lone goal. He scored in Wednesday's 4-1 loss to Boston and assisted on Tomas Tatar's power-play goal against the Pens. The Canadiens' offense has gone to sleep over the last five games, scoring just nine goals during that stretch, but Suzuki has participated in four of the scores. The rookie is tied for third on the team with 37 points and second in power-play points with 17.
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