Ryan Tesink is a versatile center/left winger who recently won the 2011 President’s Cup and Memorial Cup with the Saint John Sea Dogs. The smooth-skating forward was a QMJHL rookie in 2010-11, and is noted for playing an unselfish two-way game. At 18, Tesink is draft eligible for the first time and is currently ranked 47th among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting. He projects to be drafted somewhere in the middle rounds.
Tesink tallied eight goals and 27 assists in 59 games this past season. His modest offensive numbers are partially the result of playing checking-line minutes on a team stacked with skilled second, third and fourth-year players. His plus-26 rating is indicative of his polished defensive game. At just 5’11, 157 pounds, Tesink has plenty of room to pack on the pounds, something he will have ample opportunity to accomplish playing another couple seasons in the QMJHL.
Hockey’s Future caught up with Tesink prior to the 2011 Memorial Cup Championship game in Mississauga.
Hockey’s Future: How did you feel that your year went?
Ryan Tesink: I think I had a great year for my first year playing major junior hockey. I had a great start obviously, but I kind of slowed down a bit when guys came back [from injuries]; I got a little less ice time but I think I make up for it every chance I get.