Ryan Tesink
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Ryan Tesink


Saint John New Brunswick

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6th round (162nd overall), 2011


166 lbs.

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2009-10: Ryan Tesink played in 44 games for the Woodstock Slammers of the MJAHL. He scored 10 goals and added 19 assists for 29 points to go along with 96 penalty minutes. In 14 playoff games, Tesink scored 4 goals and added 6 assists for 10 points. Tesink played for Team Atlantic at the 2010 World U-17 Hockey Challenge, scoring 2 goals and adding 4 assists for 6 points in 5 games. Tesink was chosen in the first round, 18th overall, of the 2010 QMJHL Entry Draft by the Saint John Sea Dogs.

2010-11: In his QMJHL rookie season, Tesink played in 59 games for the Saint John Sea Dogs. He scored 8 goals and added 27 assists for 35 points. In 19 playoff games, Tesink scored 3 goals and added 2 assists for 5 points. Tesink scored 1 goal in 4 Memorial Cup games.

2011-12: Limited to 36 games during the regular season due to knee problems, Tesink proved to be a valuable third line forward for the powerful Saint John Sea Dogs in the post-season. He scored 13 goals with 27 assists and was plus-23 with 54 penalty minutes during the regular season. In the Quebec League playoffs he scored 7 goals with 6 assists in 17 games and was plus-5 with 24 penalty minutes as Saint John won the QMJHL championship. While he was a forgettable minus-3 in the Sea Dogs’ 7-4 loss to QMJHL rival Shawinigan in the Memorial Cup semifinal, he scored three goals in four games at the tournament.

2012-13: Tesink began the season as an assistant captain for Saint John before a mid-season trade to Blainville-Boisbriand. At the time of the trade, he had 16 goals with 21 assists and was plus-3 with 75 penalty minutes in 35 games for the Sea Dogs. A chronic knee condition allowed him to play just six regular season games for the Armada (leading to a league hearing on the trade). He scored 1 goal with 3 assists and was plus-3 with 6 penalty minutes. Blainville-Boisbriand finished first in the West Division and reached the playoff semifinals. In four playoff games Tesink scored 1 goal and was minus-3 with 23 penalty minutes. He signed a three-year entry-level contract with St. Louis in March, 2013.

2013-14: Tesink attended training camp with the Blues before returning to Blainville-Boisbriand for an overage season in the QMJHL. An assistant captain for the Armada, he scored 13 goals with 23 assists and was minus-3 with 71 penalty minutes in 47 regular season games. Blainville-Boisbriand finished second in the West Division and reached the playoff semifinals. Tesink appeared in 14 playoff games for the Armada, receiving a five game suspension for an illegal hit in the first round series against Moncton. He scored 7 goals with 6 assists and was plus-7 with 28 penalty minutes. 

2014-15: Tesink skated for the ECHL’s Alaska Aces in his first pro season — appearing in 36 games. He scored 2 goals with 9 assists and was -5 with 39 penalty minutes. Alaska finished fifth in the Pacific Division, missing the ECHL playoffs. 

2015-16: Tesink played in the ECHL in his second pro season, beginning the year with Quad City and playing 37 games with the Mallards before being reassigned to the Alaska Aces in February. He skated in 28 games with the Aces and in 65 games with the two teams he scored 9 goals with 19 assists and was -14 with 88 penalty minutes. Alaska finished fifth in the West Division, missing the ECHL playoffs.

Talent Analysis

Tesink is used as an energy-line type who can fill a larger role when called upon to do so. He is only average sized but keeps his feet moving and plays with an edge. Tesink is a strong skater who dedicates himself equally to both ends of the ice. He's a tireless forechecker who will take a hit or a stick in the guts to make a play.


Tesink spent a second season in the ECHL in 2015-16, beginning the year with the Quad City Mallards and ending the year with Alaska. He is a willing combatant and has chipped in with supplementary offense but enters the final year of his entry-level contract still looking to crack the AHL level. His NHL potential appears limited.

2011 Prospects: Busy summer ahead for Ryan Tesink

by John Canario

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.
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