Ryan Graves

by Geoff on January 25, 2017

Ryan Graves, D

Shoots: L

Height: 6-4

Weight: 220

Born: 1995-05-21

Hometown: Yarmouth, NS, Canada

Drafted: 2013 by New York Rangers, 110th overall

 

 

 

 

 

Observations:

January 2017 -- Coming off an all-star season as a rookie, Graves has continued to make marked improvements during his second pro campaign with the AHL Hartford Wolfpack.  Offensively through 43 games played he has registered five goals and 14 assists producing at an overall rate of 0.44 points-per-game.  This production is improved from last seasons 0.28 points-per-game and also bests three of his four junior seasons in the QMJHL.  Ryan also leads the Wolfpack in shots on goal with 124, which ranks in the top three for defencemen and the top ten for all skaters league wide.  Graves on ice impact extends well into the defensive zone and with the Rangers aging D-core I am anticipating his debut on Broadway isn't too far off.  Geoff Kent

 

February 2016 – Graves is off to a great start in his first season for the Hartford Wolfpack of the American Hockey League. He was the only Hartford player selected to the AHL All Star Game. In his first 45 games with the Wolfpack, Graves has five goals, 10 assists, and a plus-2 rating. Although the 15 points he has scored may not seem all-star worthy, those numbers are just slightly off pace what he was producing in junior. Graves makes much more of an impact in areas that do not appear on the scoresheet. His 6-4 frame gives him the ability to be strong on the puck, and win many of the battles in the defensive zone, and he has a rocket of a slapshot. The all-star selection came as a surprise to many, Graves included, but it should bolster the confidence of the 20-year-old rookie who is turning some heads in the Rangers organization.  Bryan Puffer

December 2014 – Graves returned from his shoulder injury in November. Since then he is playing in phenomenal form. He is really solid on defense, but his offense is starting to break out now. In 21 games, he has eight goals and 17 points as a defenseman including a hat-trick in a 7-3 win over the Oceanic in Rimouski on December 18. He is playing like a man amongst boys.He has a smooth skating stride, makes good decisions with the puck and can unleash bombs from the point. When he was drafted two years ago, he was identified as a defensive specimen but ever since, he has developed his offensive game quite well. If everything goes well, in the near future he can be a Marc Staal clone for New York.Jozsef Kurtosi

September 2014 - Graves was traded from Val-d’Or to Quebec in August where he will play in the Memorial Cup again this season. Graves had shoulder surgery after the 2014 CHL Memorial Cup and will not suit up until a few weeks into the regular season. When he will be healthy, will play top pairing minutes for the Remparts. Jozsef Kurtosi

March 2014 – Ryan Graves was selected by the New York Rangers in the fourth round of last year’s NHL Entry Draft. He spent this season in the QMJHL, between Charlottetown and Val-d’Or. He is a big and strong guy who can fight, but offense isn’t going to really be a big part of his game. He skates well for someone his size. Since being traded he's been outstanding and playing top-pairing minutes for the Val-d’Or Foreurs. He often compared to former Ranger defenseman Michael Sauer. After his regular season ended in Val-d'Or, New York Rangers rewarded his good work with an entry level contract, which will likely boost his confidence in the playoffs. Jozsef Kurtosi

 

Fantasy Outlook: C+

Once considered a stay-at-home defenseman, Graves is using his wicked shot from the point to put points on the board. Still untapped offensive potential

 

Footage:

Ryan Graves' goal and assist vs Drummondville

 

 

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