Rypien is an example of why a player shouldn’t give up just because his draft years have passed without his name getting called. Rypien played three seasons for the Regina Pats of the WHL, never scoring more than a point per game and had a junior career high of 22 goals last season. His Pats failed to make the playoffs and he was signed by the Manitoba Moose. He played in eight regular season games and was kept on board for the Moose’s playoff run. Despite not registering a point in 14 playoff games, the Canucks signed him to a two-way NHL contract. He had played 34 games, scoring 10 points, with the Moose before getting called up to the Canucks. Unfortunately, after five games in the NHL, he suffered a broken leg that has sidelined him indefinitely. 2006-07: This season was not good to Rypien who played just 16 games (including two in the NHL) due to injuries.
Rypien is a very small player at 5’10 and around 175 lbs but he plays a fierce and fearless style that is indicative of a much larger player. Rypien’s puck skills are underwhelming as a whole and he will never be a real offensive contributor at the NHL level. He is a good skater however and a strong forechecker. His play in his own zone is cautious and he is rarely caught out of position. He has problems along the boards, however, as his size and strength put him as a disadvantage when battling for loose pucks.
Rypien is a fourth line NHL player if he can find a way to stay healthy. To date this has been the biggest stumbling block preventing him from sticking with the big club.