Michael Ratchuk
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Michael Ratchuk

Hometown:

Buffalo New York

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1988-02-20

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2006

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

Height:

5-11

Acquired:

Trade from Philadelphia, 2009

Weight:

175 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

Ratchuk attended the USA Hockey Select 14, 15, and 16 camps.

2003-04: Ratchuk played for the Buffalo Saints Selects. He was regarded as an offensive defenseman for the Saints.

2004-05: Ratchuk debuted for the USNTDP U-17 team. In 58 games Ratchuk recorded 16 points (five goals, 11 assists) and 32 PIM. He notched three points (one goal, two assists) in four games to help Team USA win the Four Nations Cup. He also improved his defensive play a great deal as the season progressed.

2005-06: Ratchuk joined the USNTDP U-18 team. He demonstrated the progress he made playing for the U-17 team by recording 30 points (12 goals, 18 assists) in 55 games. He also spent 56 minutes in the penalty box. In the U-18 team’s 22 games against NCAA competition, Ratchuk tallied 12 points (four goals, eight assists) and 32 PIM.

2006-07: In his freshman year with Michigan State University (CCHA), Ratchuk’s play earned him an Honorable Mention selection on the CCHA All-Rookie team. He was the winner of MSUs Outstanding Rookie Award after tying for second on the team among full-time defensemen in points (12). He notched his first collegiate point in his first game, assisting on Bryan Lerg’s game-winning goal against Western Michigan on Oct. 13. He tallied his first career goal, on the power play, in a 7-5 win over Sacred Heart of Oct. 28. He had his first multi-point effort at Ferris State on Nov. 10, netting a power-play goal and assisting on a third-period tally in a 6-0 win. He was named to the Great Lakes Invitational All-Tournament Team. He appeared in his first career game at forward on a line with fellow Buffalo native Chris Mueller and Tim Kennedy in a 3-3 tie with Michigan at the Joe Louis Arena on Feb. 10. He played in all four NCAA Tournament games on the road to the national championship, providing skill and offense on the blue line.

2007-08: This marked Ratchuk’s sophomore season with Michigan State University (CCHA). He was an Honorable Mention All-CCHA selection on top of being named CCHA Defensive Player of the Week on Jan. 2. He registered his first point of the season against Colgate on Oct. 20, an assist on the game-winner. He was again named CCHA Defensive Player of the Week for a four-point effort in the Lake Superior State series. He posted two assists in game one of the CCHA quarterfinal series with Northern Michigan on Mar. 14. He had seven multi-point games on the season.

2008-09: Ratchuk appeared in 77 AHL games with the Philadelphia Phantoms and scored 5 goals, 12 assists for 17 points. He played in 4 AHL playoff games with 1 assist.

2009-10: Ratchuk was traded to Columbus in exchange for Stefan Legein after 1 assist in 5 games with the AHL’s Adirondack Phantoms. He skated in 35 games with the Syracuse Crunch following the trade, scoring 3 goals, 7 assists for 10 points.

Talent Analysis
Ratchuk played offense growing up, but transitioned to defense and decided to stay back on the blue line. He has great skating ability and tremendous speed.
Future
Ratchuk will likely spend the entire 2010-11 season with the Springfield Falcons of the AHL. It is also expected that he is converted to forward as the season gets underway.