Ryan O’Marra
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Ryan O’Marra

Hometown:

Mississauga Ontario

Team:

Finland

Currently Playing In:

Europe

Birthday:

1987-06-09

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2005

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2005

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

Trade with Edmonton, 2012

Weight:

190 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2003-04: Ryan O'Marra was a key member of the gold medal winning Team Ontario in the under 17 tournament where he scored 8 points in 6 games. He was an assistant captain on Team Canada in the August 2004 under 18 championships and scored 5 points in 5 games.

2004-05: O'Marra played in the 2005 CHL Top Prospects game. Did very well in the skating categories in the skills contest. Drafted 15th overall, in 2005 by the New York Islanders.

2005-06: O'Marra scored 77 points in 61 games with Erie in the OHL.  Played for Canada st the WJC in Vancouver beating out Kris Chucko for the final roster spot.

2006-07: In his fourth OHL season, O’Marra split his ice-time between Erie and Saginaw; he tallied eight goals and 14 points through 13 games with the Otters, and added another 18 goals and 37 points in 33 games with the Spirit. He also joined up with the Canadian U20 National Team for the second straight year, registering two assists in six games at the WJC (Canada took Gold).

2007-08: After the conclusion of his OHL career, O’Marra moved up to the AHL this season, appearing in31 games (2g+7a) with the Springfield Falcons. He also spent time with the Stockton Thunder, where he potted 11 goals and 20 points in 24 games.

2008-09: In his first full season in the AHL, O’Marra appeared in 62 games with the Springfield Falcons; he tallied a goal and 10 points, career-high AHL totals for the center.

2009-10: O'Marra made his NHL debut, appearing in three games with Edmonton in two November call-ups, and had his first NHL point (an assist) in a game against Vancouver. He was an even plus/minus while averaging 6:37 minutes of ice time in his brief stint with the Oilers. O'Marra scored 12 goals, the most of his three-year AHL career, and had 6 assists with a -19 plus/minus and 59 PMs in 74 games with the Springfield Falcons, who finished last in the Atlantic Division.

2010-11: The 2005 first-round pick saw his most extensive NHL action to-date, skating in 21 games for the Oilers , and spent the bulk of the season with their AHL affiliate in Oklahoma City. O'Marra scored 1 goal with 4 assists and was -2 with 13 PMs in third and fourth line action for the Oilers. O'Marra was a solid, if unspectacular, two-way forward for the Barons. In 53 games he scored 2 goals with 20 assists and was +9 with 49 PMs as the first-year Barons reached the AHL playoffs. O'Marra skated in all six playoff games and had 2 assists with an even plus/minus. O'Marra was re-signed by Edmonton to a one-year contract as a restricted free agent in July 2011.

 

Talent Analysis

A big, physical center who has focused on developing his defensive game in recent years and looks to have done so successfully. A high pick in his draft year, injuries slowed his development and it's clear now that the offensive ability he showed in junior hasn't translated at the pro level.

He has instead developed his defensive positioning, become a quality faceoff man, and really ramped up his physical play--both laying hits and dropping mitts--reinventing himself as a quintessential bottom six forward.

 

Future

It's been a rollercoaster ride for O'Marra, from high pick and Canadian World Junior team member, to struggling in the ECHL, the perseverance and willingness to change his game are impressive traits in a young player. As it stands, O'Marra is a good AHL forward who has earned 31 NHL appearances over the last three seasons in Edmonton.

Ryan could very well establish himself as a physical bottom six option at the NHL level who can contribute on the PK as early as next season, but it's unlikely he will ever deliver significant offense at either the AHL or NHL level.

Feb 16, 2012: Traded from Edmonton Oilers to Anaheim Ducks.  O'Marra will play in Finland for the 2013-14 season.

 

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