Ryan Flynn
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Ryan Flynn

Hometown:

Lino Lakes Minnesota

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1988-03-22

Position:

RW

Eligible for draft:

2006

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2006

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

6th round (176th overall), 2006

Weight:

216 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

Ryan Flynn was the lone freshman on the 2002-03 Centennial team, posting totals of 15 goals and 24 assists in 28 games to finish fifth on the team in scoring.

2003-04: Flynn played in 30 games for Centennial High School (Minnesota). He helped lead the team to a remarkable 30-1-0 record with his 68 points (29 goals, 39 assists). His strong play earned him both All-Conference and All-State Honorable Mentions.

2004-05: Playing for the US National Development U-17 Team, Flynn had himself a strong season. In 64 games, Flynn recorded 34 points (17 goals, 17 assists) and 50 PIM. He also recorded a goal at the Four Nations Cup, helping Team USA finish in first place.

2005-06: Flynn transitioned nicely to playing at the U-18 level. While some players struggle to adjust to playing against this new level of competition, Flynn put up stats very similar to his U-17 stats. In 59 games, Flynn notched 33 points (16 goals, 17 assists) and 77 PIM. He also posted two game winning goals. 12 of his 33 points (seven goals, five assists), and one of his game winning goals came against college opponents.

2006-07: Ryan Flynn provided some size and grit on a very deep Minnesota Golden Gophers roster this season. The Lino Lakes, MN native posted 13 points (five goals, eight assists) in 43 appearances. He co-led the team with 58 penalty minutes.

2007-08: Another product of the USNTDP, this was Flynn’s second season with the University of Minnesota (WCHA). The forward bumped up his totals from last season, but not by much. In 38 games he scored four goals and added 11 assists to his total. He scored the Golden Gophers’ lone goal in the WCHA title game against Denver. He also represented the US at the WJC, and despite failing to register a point, he was named the team’s Player of the Game in the semifinal loss to Canada.

2008-09: Flynn skated in 37 games in his junior season at Minnesota, scoring 6 goals and 13 assists for 19 points. He also added 62 PIMs.

2009-10: Flynn scored 2 goals and 8 assists for 10 points in 38 games for Minnesota. He joined the Milwaukee Admirals after the Gophers' season, appearing in 2 regular season games and 1 playoff game without a point.

2010-11: Flynn skated in 65 of 80 games for the AHL's Milwaukee Admirals in his first pro season – mostly in a lower line, defensive forward role. He had a +7 plus/minus on a strong Admirals' team and scored 6 goals with 6 assists and 41 PMs. The Admirals reached the second round of the playoffs after finishing first in the West Division. Flynn played in 9 of 13 playoff games for the Admirals and was scoreless and -2 with 4 PMs.

 

Talent Analysis

Flynn thrives in the physical side of the game. He is a fierce competitor and uses his size, strength and long reach to great advantage, particularly when driving to the net. Flynn is not the prettiest skater on the ice, but he does get around the rink pretty well. However, he could use some work on his foot speed and keeping his feet moving more consistently. He is quite good defensively and saw regular time on Minnesota’s penalty-killing unit. Flynn possesses a heavy shot with a very quick release.

 

Future

Flynn was not re-signed and is now a free agent.

 

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