Jason Ryznar

Jason Ryznar


Anchorage Alaska

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3rd round (#64 overall), 2002


200 lbs.

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2004-05: Ryznar enjoyed an excellent senior year, thanks mainly to his ability to stay healthy. The Wolverines benefited greatly as a result. One area of note about Ryznar’s play this season was his confidence level. Nowhere was that confidence more evident than in his relentless, constant drives to the net and willingness to shoot the puck often. Ryznar was quite effective around the opposing goals due to his ultra-aggressive play and his enormous size and strength. Ryznar wrapped up his final year at Michigan with 23 points (6 goals, 17 assists).

2005-06: Ryznar had a solid, yet unspectacular first pro season in the AHL, that also saw him receive a brief eight-game stint in New Jersey with the Devils. While he didn’t light up the scoreboard (seven goals, 18 assists for 25 points in 59 games), Ryznar was steady defensively and was probably one of the most consistent players in terms of effort night in and night out. His -4 rating on a defensively challenged team is a testament to his strong play in his own end.

2006-07: Ryznar’s second season in the AHL was much more trying than his first. He was in and out of the line up quite often, and missed a handful of games at the tail end of the season after suffering a nasty gash to his face from a skate. In 55 games, he scored five goals and five assists.

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Talent Analysis
Ryznar is a grinding/checking forward who has excellent size. He is a strong individual who uses his size and strength to great advantage. He protects the puck quite well and is difficult to move off of the puck. Ryznar plays with a good deal of intensity and doesn’t shy away from the physical aspects of the game.

He is very good in tight situations and has shown to be a fierce battler for puck possession. He possesses a long reach and a quick release. Ryznar could stand to shoot the puck more often. He is a good, not great skater. He is defensively responsible and has shown the ability to be an effective penalty killer.
Ryznar took a step back in his second year as pro after showing so much promise back in 2005-06. Ryznar's overall skill level is somewhat lacking and he will have to work to the best of his ability if he is to make it to the NHL and if he is to make it to the big show, it will be as no more than a checking line forward.