Montreal Canadiens fans fell in love with young forward Nick Suzuki last season, so expectations seem very high for the 21-year-old hockey player for the next campaign.
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In a large poll conducted by sports media The Athletic, where the level of optimism towards the Canadian is surprising, 64.2% of respondents believe that Suzuki will score 50 points or more in the next campaign.
Logically, the player’s production will certainly depend on the number of games played by the Habs during the next season. Either way, even for an 82-game schedule, the prediction might sound bold.
As noted by The Athletic, “in the past 35 years, barely two Canadiens players have amassed 50 points in their second season in the NHL, namely Saku Koivu and Michael Ryder.”
In 2019-2020, Suzuki had 41 points in 71 regular season games. He also added seven points, including four goals, in 10 playoff games.
Another interesting result compared to Suzuki and this same survey to the overall small sample, only 6.5% of the 1,514 respondents believe that Suzuki will register less than 40 points during the next season of the Canadiens.