The San Jose Sharks have signed defenseman Joakim Ryan to a two-year NHL entry level contract. He was selected by the team in the 2012 NHL Draft.
Ryan spent the 2010-11 season in the USHL with the Dubuque Fighting Saints and put up 32 points (3g, 29a) over 53 regular season games. He tied for seventh in scoring among League defensemen while finishing third among blueliners with 29 assists. He was a big contributor on special teams as he was third among USHL defensemen with 16 power play assists, including a stretch where he recorded one in five straight games.
The defenseman also helped the Saints capture the Clark Cup title as he recorded five points (2g, 3a) and a plus-six rating over 11 playoff contests. That team also included future NHL players Zemgus Girgensons (Buffalo Sabres) and Johnny Gaudreau (Calgary Flames).
Ryan recently completed a four-year collegiate career at Cornell University where he produced 78 points (19g, 59a) in 123 games at the school. He was named All-ECAC First Team this season despite missing eight games earlier in the year due to injury. At Cornell, he also earned All-Ivy League honors on three occasions and was All-ECAC Second Team for the 2013-14 season.
The defenseman was selected by the San Jose Sharks in the seventh round (198th overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft after his freshman season at Cornell. He will now report to the Worcester Sharks, AHL affiliate of San Jose.
Ryan was born in Rumson, New Jersey but his mother is a native of Sweden and he represented the country on the international stage on multiple occasions. He is a product of the New Jersey Jr. Devils hockey program and also played at Christian Brothers Academy prior to his time in the USHL.
USHL stats – Joakim Ryan
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 13th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2014-15. A record 35 players were chosen in the 2014 NHL Draft and more than 300 players on team rosters this season are committed to NCAA Division I schools, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.
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