Marlies Sign Defenseman Joe Ryan

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    “Jeff Jackson, General Manager of the Toronto Marlies, announced today that the club has signed defenceman Joe Ryan to a professional try-out contract. In keeping with club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

    Ryan, 21, is in his first professional season with the Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL. In 20 games this season with the Cyclones, he’s collected seven points (one goal, six assists) and 31 penalty minutes. The 6’1, 204-pound defenceman ranks second (tie) on the club’s defence with six assists.”

    Hockey’s Future’s Talent Analysis on Ryan:
    “Ryan loves to play the body and hits with reckless abandon on the ice. A strong skater, he’s solid in his own end and has a bit of untapped offensive potential. He can move the puck well and uses his low hard shot on second unit power play. However, he gets in trouble when he’s rushed, leading to turnovers and giveaways. A lot of this will come along as he becomes more confident with the puck, but he definitely has to work on his decision-making and learn how to pick his spots better.”

    According to Steve at Hockey Analysis, Ryan was ranked 31st among North American skaters entering the 2006 Entry Draft. The LA Kings drafted him in the second round (48th overall) that year. His stock has since dropped. The wealth of defensive depth in the Kings organization may have also played a part in preventing him from sticking with the organization.

    I like these types of low-risk, high-reward signings. There’s nothing to lose and potentially lots to gain. Jaime Sifers, signed as an undrafted player out of college by JFJ, has been proving that very point.