Ryan Munce

Ryan Munce

Hometown:

Mississauga ON

Team:

ECHL

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1985-04-16

Position:

G

Eligible for draft:

2003

Catches:

Left

Drafted:

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

Weight:

177 lbs.

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History

2002-03: Was fourth in the league in GAA and SV% en route to being named to the OHL All-Rookie First Team and the CHL All-Rookie Team. Earned a gold medal with Canada at the 2003 U18 WJC. Drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in the 3rd round.

2003-04: starting for the Sarnia Sting of the OHL. After a slow start, really came on late and was named to the OHL All-Star Team for the Re/Max Canada/Russia Challenge. Proved to be an iron-man after stating three games in three nights. Faced a ton of shots this season, posting a quality save percentage, but the GAA suffered as a result. Suffered through some inconsistencies that would result in a two-goal win one night and a six-goal loss another.

2004-05: Mired on one of the worst teams in the OHL, Munce did his best to turn away as many shots as possible. Near the bottom in goals allowed, goals scored and shots faced, Sarnia as a team did little to help Munce. His bloated GAA was due largely to having to face nearly 40 shots per night while posting a rather average save percentage. However, Munce did prove to be the lone bright spot for Sarnia as he performed remarkably well with no defensive support.

2005-06: After completing his juniors eligibility, Munce secured himself the starting goaltender position in Bakersfield of the ECHL. After a dominate performance where he posted a record of 30-18-5, with a goals against average of 2.78 and a save percentage of .919.

Jan 20, 2007: Los Angeles Kings traded Munce to the Tampa Bay Lightning for a 4th round selection in 2008.

2007-08: Munce came into Norfolk’s camp on a mission, usurping Jonathan Boutin as the backup to Finnish super-prospect Karri Rämo. Though he has been up and down between Mississippi and Norfolk for the bulk of the season thus far, Munce has impressed with both squads. Munce was named the ECHL goaltender of the week for the first week of January, 2008.

Feature on Munce, January 2008

Talent Analysis
Munce plays a strong positional game, remaining square to the shooter, plays high on the crease and effectively controls the rebound. He utilizes a self-described “half stand-up, half butterfly” style that emphasizes sound positioning over staying low to the ice. Good vision and glove hand to cover the top half of the net and solid paddle/blocker control to cover the bottom half of the net and on wraparounds. Mentally strong and willing to backstop the team no matter how bad it might get.
Future
Might develop into a serviceable back-up. His improvement in his in-game awareness and all-around play thus far this season has strengthened that possibility.