Billy Ryan

Hometown:

Boston Massachuesetts

Currently Playing In:

NCAA

Birthday:

1985-10-23

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2004

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

Height:

6-1

Acquired:

3rd round (#80 overall), 2004

Weight:

175 lbs.

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History

Ryan starred as a Junior at Cushing Academy (USHSE) in 2003-04 after transferring from Catholic Memorial High School (USHSE) the previous year. As captain of Catholic Memorial he lead the team with 90 points (35 goals and 55 assists) in 37 games.

2004-05: After receiving a scholarship to the University of Maine, Ryan was expected to playing for the Black Bears in the Fall 2005. After petitioning the NCAA, Ryan began his college career early starting in the Fall 2004 and scored in his debut for the Black Bears. After the season he was named a University of Maine Scholar-Athlete Rising Star.

2005-06: Ryan nearly doubled his offensive production in his sophomore season.  Plus he scored a game-winning goal in one of the NCAA Regional games, as Maine went to the semi-finals of the Frozen Four.

2006-07: Ryan came into his own as a junior, playing in all 40 of the Black Bears’ games and becoming the fourth leading scorer on the team. He had 5 multi-point games and a total of 13 goals and 20 assists. He was named to the Hockey East All-Academic Team.

2007-08: In his senior season, Ryan was named a team assistant captain.

Talent Analysis
An excellent skater with speed, Ryan demonstrated exceptional playmaking and scoring abilities at the high school level. In order to make the jump to the professional ranks, the slightly built forward will have to gain bulk and strength, as well as continuing to develop his quick wrist-shot and puck handling in the corners.
Future
Ryan should play in either the ECHL or AHL in 2008-09.