In addition to Saskatoon Blades’ forward Ryan Graham, it looks like QMJHL winger Andrew Ryan will be attending Wild rookie camp for the NHL Prospect Tournament, according to The Telegram’s Robin Short. Like with Graham, Ryan appears to have a player page at the teams site already, substantiating the report despite the Wild having not yet announced their Prospect Tournament roster.
Ryan, an undrafted 20-year-old forward for the Acadie-Bathurst Titan, is entering his overage year in the QMJHL after playing three seasons with the Halifax Mooseheads. At one point during his tenure in Halifax he played on a line with the Colorado Avalanches’s Nathan MacKinnon and Red Wings prospect Martin Frk. Ryan was traded to Acadie-Bathurst for two draft picks following the conclusion of last season.
International Scouting Services had some harsh things to say about his game entering the 2012 draft, noting that he needed to find the back of the net more, understand the strengths of his game, and keep his compete level consistent. Since that assessment, Ryan’s stats have improved considerably, averaging over a point per game last season even though he lost MacKinnon as a linemate.
Last year Ryan posted 27 goals and 28 assists through 56 games, which was enough to get him an invite to Minnesota Wild development camp in July.
Ryan’s age, if he’s able to make an impression a camp, may find him moving out of the QMJHL to further develop. He could land a role, as Short points out, in Iowa or with the Wild’s ECHL affiliate the Quad City Mallards.
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