Ryan Thang
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Ryan Thang


Chicago Illinois

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3rd round (81st overall), 2007


189 lbs.

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2006-07: Ryan Thang was a key component in Notre Dame's successful season. The Edina, MN native led the team in goal scoring (20), power play goals (10) and game-winning goals (6). His 41 points led all Fighting Irish rookies. He was one of three Notre Dame players selected to the CCHA All-Rookie Team. He was also a finalist for the CCHA Rookie of the Year and was named Notre Dame's Rookie of the Year.

2007-08: The forward's sophomore season at Notre Dame didn’t live up to his rookie campaign, but he still put up decent numbers. In 47 games, he tallied 18 goals and 14 assists and 48 penalty minutes.

2008-09: Thang skated in 33 games for Notre Dame in his junior season, scoring 10 goals, 9 assists for 19 points.

2009-10: Thang appeared in 37 games as a senior for the Irish. The winger registered 9 goals, 14 assists for 23 points and 55 PIMs. He jumped to the Milwaukee Admirals after the season, where he appeared in 12 regular season games with 3 goals, 3 assists for 6 points. He also played in 7 AHL playoff games, scoring 1 goal, 3 assists.

2010-11: Thang skated in 78 of 80 games for the Milwaukee Admirals (AHL) in his first pro season and finished with a team-best +17 plus/minus. The two-way forward scored 14 goals with 27 assists and 32 PMs. Milwaukee finished first in the West Division and advanced to the second round of the playoffs. Thang shared the playoff scoring lead with Gabriel Bourque as both players had 13 points in 13 games. He finished the post-season +9 with 10 PMs and scored 5 goals with 13 assists

2011-12: Thang made his NHL debut for the Predators in an October game against Chicago and skated for Nashville's AHL affiliate Milwaukee in his second pro season. He had no points nor penalty minutes in 8:32 minutes of action against the Blackhawks. Thang scored 18 goals with 20 assists and was plus-12 with 44 penalty minutes in 75 games for Milwaukee. The Admirals finished second in the North Division before being swept by Abbotsford in the first round of the AHL playoffs. Thang was scoreless and minus-two with 2 penalty minutes in three playoff games. He was extended a qualifying offer by the Predators after signing with the Augsburger Panther in Germany's DEL in June 2012.


Talent Analysis

Thang is a tough, third-line checker, with top-notch defense and leadership. He is meticulous in his attention to the details of his game, especially in his positional play. Thang is a good skater who is strong on his skates. His great stick work combined with his quick hands makes him a very proficient puck handler. Thang has shown a willingness to drive hard to the net and pay a price to make the play. He also has a knack for scoring timely goals.

Notre Dame head coach Jeff Jackson's comments on Thang: "Ryan's a good student and a quality young man. I think his greatest assets are his commitment and work ethic. He's a very diligent athlete who works at his game and really wants to be a player. Ryan is accountable and he understands the game and that allows him to be a successful two-way player."



Thang was extended a qualifying offer by Nashville thus retaining his NHL rights after he signed with the Augsburger Panther in Germany's DEL in June 2012. It's most likely that the forward no longer fits into the Predators' plans going forward.



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Photo: Miikka Salomäki ranked fourth on Team Finland in points at the WJC before finishing his third pro season with Kärpät in the SM-liiga (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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