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Edmonton Oilers player review and 2023-24 preview: Derek Ryan

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Photo credit:Stephen Brashear-USA TODAY Sports
Zach Laing
6 months ago
Welcome to the 2022-23 season review and 2023-24 season preview player-by-player! In this and other articles, we’ll be, well, reviewing the 2022-23 season of Edmonton Oilers players and previewing their 2023-24 season. You can read about the analytics behind my analysis here.
Welcome back, Derek Ryan.
5×5NHL GPTOI + TOI/GPG – A – PCFCACF%SCFSCASCF%GFGAGF%xGFxGAxGF%PDO
Individual80774.036-11-1772264952.6637130055.29312456.3635.6627.3256.621.02
Per/609.680.94-0.28-1.2255.9750.3128.7623.252.41.862.762.12
Per/60, RelTm%-1.71-3.520.94-2.57-4.772.51-0.62-0.873.82-0.18-0.554.14
While Derek Ryan may not be the spry young player he was years ago, there’s no deny how important a player he is for the Edmonton Oilers.
And believe it or not, Ryan has impacts on the game similar to that of a first-line player. When he’s on the ice in the offensive, the Oilers get dangerous chances from high scoring areas, and while he’s defending in his own zone, the opposition can’t sniff the net.
There’s no denying he’s not a first-line player, this is someone who is an absolute force anytime he is on the ice. The boots may have slowed down, and his speed may not be there any more, his ability to put himself in the right place, at the right time is key and something that can’t be overlook.
He’s back with the Oilers again this season and will likely find himself on the Oilers’ fourth line, where once again I would expect another strong season from him coming off a season where he scored 13 goals — two off tying his career high — and 20 points in 80 games. That’s nothing to scoff at from a fourth-liner.

RYAN’S CAREER SO FAR

Regular Season
Playoffs
SeasonTeamLgeGPGAPtsPIMGPGAPtsPIM
2003-04Spokane ChiefsWHL11010141010
2004-05Spokane ChiefsWHL7114324639-11
2005-06Spokane ChiefsWHL7224376150-6
2006-07Spokane ChiefsWHL7228315950-263252
2006-07Kalamazoo WingsUHL302200134158
2007-08U. of AlbertaCWUAA28111425204
2008-09U. of AlbertaCWUAA251619351617
2009-10U. of AlbertaCWUAA28142539306
2010-11U. of AlbertaCWUAA281730471825
2011-12Szekeshfehervar Alba Volan HCAustria5025244920361346
2012-13
VSV ECAustria5427396622738116
2013-14
VSV ECAustria5438468450
2014-15
Orebro HKSweHL55154560181860112
2015-16
Charlotte CheckersAHL70233255245
2015-16
Carolina HurricanesNHL620221
2016-17
Charlotte CheckersAHL9581304
2016-17
Carolina HurricanesNHL6711182922-8
2017-18
Carolina HurricanesNHL8015233828-15
2018-19
Calgary FlamesNHL81132538242151012
2019-20
Calgary FlamesNHL68101929109100220
2020-21
Calgary FlamesNHL4321113166
2021-22
Edmonton OilersNHL751012228-4151234
2022-23
Edmonton OilersNHL80137202811111230
NHL Totals50076115191138413696

Zach Laing is the Nation Network’s news director and senior columnist. He can be followed on Twitter at @zjlaing, or reached by email at zach@oilersnation.com.

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