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2nd round (#48 overall), 2006
2005-06: Ryan only saw occasional ice-time in his first season, playing in the third pairing and occasionally as a seventh defenseman, picking up nine assists in 57 games. Taking on a bigger role in his sophomore year, the rugged defenseman rounded out his game picking up 13 points. One of many veterans on the defense, Ryan continued to progress smoothly, picking up career highs in goals, assists, points and penalty minutes, seeing nearly 30 minutes of ice time per game. Ryan also played an influential role in the Remparts 2006 Memorial Cup victory. Ryan was selected to play in the 2006 Top Prospects game.
2006-07: Ryan continued his solid and physical play on he blueline for Quebec of the QMJHL. He still has not developed an offensive game to speak of with only 22 points in 59 games, but his physical prowess continues to shine.
Read HF’s interview with Joe Ryan.
Ryan loves to play the body and hits with reckless abandon on the ice. A strong skater, he's solid in his own end and has a bit of untapped offensive potential. He can move the puck well and uses his low hard shot on second unit power play. However, he gets in trouble when he's rushed, leading to turnovers and giveaways. A lot of this will come along as he becomes more confident with the puck, but he definitely has to work on his decision-making and learn how to pick his spots better.
Occasionally dubbed a poor-man’s Adam Foote, Ryan projects to be a solid second pairing defenseman, bringing a strong physical game with competent defensive work. Ryan was briefly assigned to Manchester before returning to major juniors due to the over-abundance of talented defensemen in Manchester. The physicalness of the AHL will prove to be a better testing ground for Ryan.