2006-07: Ryan Reaves hit personal highs in goals, assists, and points. While contributing more offense than typical, the gritty right winger also provided his trademark physical play. Reaves was a strong defensive presence, and killed penalties as well. He won the Wheat Kings Unsung Hero Award as recognition for his abilities that don’t always show up on the stat sheet. In the playoffs, Reaves had five points in 11 games, as well as 19 PIM.
2007-08: This was Reaves’ first season outside of Brandon (WHL), as the forward played with Peoria (AHL) and Alaska (ECHL). In 31 games with the Rivermen, he recorded four goals and three assists, along with 46 PIM. After the drop to Alaska, he notched two goals and another 42 minutes in the box.
2008-09: Reaves appeared in 57 AHL games with Peoria, scoring 8 goals, 9 assists for 17 points. He accumulated 130 PIMs in the regular season. He was held scoreless in 4 playoff games.
2009-10: In 76 AHL games with Peoria, Reaves scored 4 goals, 7 assists for 11 points. His 167 PIMs led the team.
2010-11: Reaves opened the season with the Blues and was with the NHL club through January, appearing mostly in an enforcer role. In 28 games as a rookie with St. Louis he scored 2 goals with 2 assists and was -1 with 78 PMs, including 6 fighting majors. Reaves averaged just under seven minutes of ice time per game during his time with the Blues. Reaves led the Blues' AHL affiliate Peoria in penalty minutes, racking up 146 PMs in just 50 games. Offensively, he scored 4 goals with 6 assists and was -3 for the Rivermen.
Reaves is a textbook role player. He isn’t a flashy skater or nifty stickhandler; instead he focuses on aspects of the game like physical play and grinding it out in the corners. He has good size and strength, as well as an athletic background. His father played with Winnipeg in the Canadian Football League. Reaves possesses a good work ethic and attitude, and is the type of player who can lead by example.