Andrew Ryan is one of the two players who made the longest trek to Kelowna for the Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, traveling almost from coast to coast, along with his Mooseheads teammate Martin Frk.
Ryan is a prototypical power forward, checking in at 6’2 and 195 pounds. Having just celebrated his 18th birthday in mid-January, Ryan is almost certain to add some more weight to his frame. It’s no wonder he mentions Columbus Blue Jackets Rick Nash when asked which NHL player he models his game after.
Born in Paradise, Newfoundland, Ryan is on the radar with Hockey Canada’s program, starring for Team Atlantic at the 2011 World U17 Challenge in Manitoba where he collected nine points. He is currently ranked 64th among North American Skaters.
Ryan arrived for training camp in Halifax this season in what he described as the best shape of his life, only to suffer an ankle injury that kept him out of the lineup for a couple of months. Upon his return, he was excited to find out he had earned the opportunity to participate in Kelowna, despite his lengthy absence from QMJHL action so far. Through 25 games this season, Ryan has scored five times and added four assists.
Halifax sits firmly in second place in the Maratimes Division in the QMJHL standings, with games in hand on all of their division rivals. With Ryan’s health improving each and every time out, he is confident the Mooseheads can be a factor in the post-season.
HF spoke with Ryan at Prospera Pace in Kelowna after Team Orr’s game day skate.