Ryan Turek
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Ryan Turek

Hometown:

Northville Michigan

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1987-09-22

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2006

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2006

Height:

6-0

Acquired:

4th round (94th overall), 2006 by STL

Weight:

185 lbs.

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History

2002-03: Turek skated at the 2002 USA Hockey Select 15 Festival and played with Honeybaked Midget AAA during the regular season. Having just finished the 10th grade, Turek verbally committed to Michigan State.

2003-04: Turek skated for Team Michigan at the USA Hockey Select 16 Festival and then played for Team USA at the U17 Five Nations Cup. Returning from Europe, Turek was Honeybaked’s team captain before leaving the team midway through the season to join the Texarkana Bandits, who were coached by former Honeybaked coach Jon Cooper. Turek scored 6 goals and 7 assists in 29 games for the Bandits and also racked up 90 penalty minutes. Despite playing only half of the season, Turek was named to the NAHL All-Rookie Team. The Omaha Lancers selected Turek with the 10th pick in the USHL Dispersal Draft, as the disbanded St. Louis Heartland Eagles had held Turek’s USHL rights.

2004-05: Turek played 45 games for the Lancers and scored 3 goals and 8 assists and contributed 1 goal in 4 playoff games.

2005-06: The Lancers switched Turek from defense to forward and he scored 17 goals and 11 assists in 52 games. He also scored 1 goal and 1 assist in 5 playoff games for Omaha. In late December, Turek skated for Team USA at the Viking Cup and scored 1 goal and 3 assists in 6 games. Turek also played for Team West at the USHL Prospects/All-Star Game and scored two goals. After the season, Turek was invited to the NHL Combine in Toronto.

2006-07: Turek made his college debut with Michigan State. He played mainly on defense, while also making some appearances at forward. He finished the season without a goal, but assisted on a pair of game-winning goals. He also spent 18 minutes in the penalty box, and had a minus-9 rating.

2007-08: This was Turek’s second season with Michigan State University. In 35 games with the Spartans, he tallied five assists. He began the 2008-09 season with the club, but halfway through the season he opted out and jumped to the ECHL, playing in 33 games with the Alaska Aces.
 

Talent Analysis

Turek is fast player who plays an aggressive checking game and who is willing to sacrifice his body for the team. He has the hockey sense to play both at forward and defense. His experience at defense allows him to play the point on the power play. A hustling player who leads by example, Turek pursues the puck relentlessly on the forecheck and finishes his checks. His two-way awareness and his skill with the puck allow him to capitalize on the offensive chances he creates.

Future

His team-first attitude, work ethic, speed, and checking could make him a perfect fourth line player or bottom-pairing defenseman.