2004 Prospects: Q&A with Ryan Garlock

By Jason Ahrens





Ryan Garlock a forward with the Windsor Spitfires played in 2004 CHL<br />Prospects Game and took a few minutes to speak with Hocke

Ryan Garlock a forward with the Windsor
Spitfires, played in 2004 CHL Prospects Game and took a few minutes to speak
with Hockey’s Future after the game. Garlock, ranked 14th by Central
Scouting, played on a line for Team Orr with Aki Seitsonen (ranked 26th)
of the Prince Albert Raiders and Tyler Haskins (ranked 54th)
of the St. Mike’s Majors.

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Garlock was a first round pick of the Guelph Storm in 2002
and had 3 goals and 12 assists in 51 games as a rookie. This season he has 34
points in 38 games and was traded to Windsor at the OHL deadline as the Storm
were looking for some size, experience and toughness and picked up New Jersey
Devil draftee Cam Janssen to fill that role. The Storm are currently in
a heated battle for first overall in the OHL with the London Knights and
sacrificed a big piece of their future in dealing Garlock, but they have a
veteran team and decided that this year they have a legitimate chance to go
deep into the playoffs. Garlock at 6’1” and 185 pounds is going to play a far
different role than Janssen in Windsor and should put up some good offensive
numbers over the next two and a half seasons with the Spits and see a lot more
ice time this season than he did with the Storm.

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Hockey’s Future: What did you think about
your experience over the last couple of days?

Ryan Garlock: It was a lot of fun and it was a great
experience to be out there with all these players.

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HF: You recently were traded from Guelph to Windsor, did
that catch you off guard?

RG: Yeah definitely, I wasn’t expecting it at all, but it’s
part of the game, you just have to make the best of it and move on.

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HF: You were Guelph’s first round pick a year ago. You put
up OK numbers in your rookie year and you have been flirting with a point a
game this year are you not?

RG: Yeah I’m around there, I have a lot more confidence this
year. Playing in the Under-18 in the
summer really helped and it’s really starting to show in the way I’m playing
this year in the OHL.

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HF: Windsor is currently in a rebuilding mode; you have a
lot of young guys with a lot of talent. How do you feel about the team’s
future?

RG: You know, a strong future. I don’t think that we are
really in a rebuilding mode as we have a great team. We made a couple of great trades and we won three in a row and
we’re confident that we’ll be up there at the end of the year.

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HF: Who are your current linemates?

RG: I’m with [Vadim] Karaga and [Tom] Mannino.

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HF: A couple of ex-London Knights [who were also traded to
Windsor at the deadline]

RG: Yeah a couple of Knights boys. Yeah it’s working out
well we have some good chemistry so far.

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HF: You guys are on the bubble for playoffs, but obviously
you think that you have a good chance.

RG: Definitely, I think we have the team to do it and once
you get in the playoffs anything can happen.

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HF: Describe your style of play.

RG: I like to play physical, I’m a pretty good two-way
player and I put up some pretty decent numbers in the offensive zone as well.

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HF: If you are going to make it to the NHL, what is going to
get you there?

RG: Lots of hard work. I always work on my skating, I’m a
pretty good skater and I’m willing to do whatever it takes to get there.

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HF: What do you need to work on the most?

RG: The release on my shot, it is not as quick as I would
like it to be and that will score you a lot of goals. It is definitely
something that I have to keep working on.

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