Centre Nick Suzuki (MTL) has been traded from the Owen Sound Attack to the Guelph Storm in one of the biggest trades the OHL has seen in recent years. Suzuki, Sean Durzi (TOR), and Zach Roberts are headed to Guelph in exchange for Mark Woolley, Barret Kirwin, Zach Poirier, and four draft picks.
“Nick is one of the premier players in the CHL and possesses elite offensive tools…His world class, game-breaking skill is a very exciting thing to add to our lineup.”George Burnett, Guelph Storm General Manager and Head Coach
Just returned from the World Juniors where he represented Canada, Suzuki departs Owen Sound as one of the most accomplished players in team history, finishing 3rd all time in points (279) and goals (129). This is the second major trade Suzuki has been part of this season, after his NHL rights were moved from Las Vegas to Montreal as part of the Max Pacioretty deal.
Guelph is going all-in this season, and the additions of Suzuki and Durzi especially will provide huge boosts to the team’s offense, with the overage Durzi being one of the top blueliners in the OHL. Guelph also acquired defenseman Markus Phillips (LAK) from Owen Sound in a seperate transaction last week, as well as Hamilton Bulldogs centre Mackenzie Entwistle (ARZ), and Flint Firebirds defenceman Fedor Gordeev (TOR).
Suzuki will be reunited with Team Canada teammates Phillips and Entwistle as Guelph makes a push for an OHL championship. The Storm are currently fourth in the OHL’s Western Conference with a 20-12-7 record.