Ryan Shea

Hometown:

Milton Massachusetts

Currently Playing In:

Junior

Birthday:

1997-02-11

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2015

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2015

Height:

6-0

Acquired:

4th round (121st overall), 2015

Weight:

165 lbs.

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History

2012-13: Ryan Shea played for Boston College High School in Massachusetts and played for the Boston Advantage U16 team. He scored 3 goals with 9 assists in 23 games as a freshman. The third-seed entering the Super Eight tournament, BC High was upset by sixth-seed Cathlolic Memorial 3-2 in a shootout in the quarterfinals. Shea was invited to USA Hockey’s Select 16 Festival in July 2013.

2013-14: Shea skated for the Cape Cod Whalers U16 team before returning to BC High for his sophomore season. In 19 high school games he scored 5 goals with 16 assists. The top-seeded team entering the Super Eight tournament, BC High defeated Xaverian, 4-1, in the quarterfinals before falling 2-1 to Austin Prep in a shootout in the semifinals. Shea scored 1 goal with 7 assists and 4 penalty minutes in 12 games with the Whalers. He skated for Team White at the USA Hockey Select 17 Festival, recording 3 assists in five games. Shea was selected by Youngstown in the third round (39th overall) in the 2014 USHL Entry Draft.

2014-15: Shea returned to Boston College High School for his junior season after skating for the Cape Cod Whalers U18 team. A team captain for the Eagles, he scored 6 goals with 29 assists in 22 games. Seeded fourth entering the Super 8 tournament, BC High lost 5-2 to fifth-seed St. John’s Prep in the quarterfinals. Shea scored 3 goals with 6 assists in 14 games for Cape Cod. In August 2014 he committed to playing college hockey at Northeastern University in 2016-17. Shea was ranked 155th amongst North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings and was selected by Chicago in the fourth round (121st overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft.

Talent Analysis

Shea is a smooth, mobile skating defenseman with exceptional vision. He plays with poise on the attack and has a hard shot. His crisp passing and fluid skating are strengths. His defensive game is inconsistent and will be his biggest challenge both in the USHL and in college hockey.

Future

Shea is skating with the Youngstown Phantoms in the USHL in 2015-16 before beginning his college career at Northeastern next year. Out with an injury to start the year, Shea should continue to develop his defensive game to match his significant skating and passing skills and offensive instincts. He is still a long-term project but projects as a puck-moving defenseman with some power play potential.

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