Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Getting To Know Your 2010 U.S. Men's Olympic Hockey Team: Bobby Ryan

We'll deliver our final two forward submissions today, and move right into defensemen, followed by netminders. We've got some ground to cover before play gets underway one week from today. You don't say? After the jump, feel free to take a walk by the bay, make some things out of clay.

Bobby Ryan will turn 23 next month. He is a right-handed-shooting right winger for the Anaheim Ducks, and he, like every other fellow we've examined, is a member of the United States 2010 Men's Olympic Hockey team. Ryan was a first-round pick (second overall) in the 2005 NHL Draft. The native New Jerseyan (Editor's Note: I'm guessing that, like Kevin Smith, he does not like "The Jersey Shore.") debuted in the pros in the '07 season, tripled his ice time the following season, and has already surpassed that number through 59 games in the current campaign. His career totals are such: 61 goals, 51 assists, 23 power-play goals and three game winners. Ryan won a national championship with the Los Angeles Junior Kings, and was named a finalist for the Calder Trophy (best rookie) last April. He has accumulated seven post-season points through 15 playoff games with the Ducks.