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Top 25 San Jose Sharks under 25: No. 23 Joakim Ryan

Another offensively gifted defender.

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The Sharks took Joakim Ryan in the seventh round of the 2012 draft while the defender was still skating at Cornell University. He played in his first full professional season with the Barracuda last season, tallying 28 points in 66 regular season games.

Ryan is undersized but has some speed and offensive talent. He was Cornell’s top offensive defender throughout his tenure with the Big Red and continued that trend with the ‘Cuda last season. His 28 points put him eighth on the Barracuda but No. 1 amongst defenders.

At just 5’11” and 185 pounds he’s not exactly an imposing figure. For now he’s been able to use his speed in order to keep up, but he’ll probably need to bulk up if he wants to get to the next level. That matches up with what Hockey’s Future had to say about the prospect a year ago.

Ryan is an undersized defenseman with powerful legs and a good offensive arsenal. He reads the play well and his shot is hard enough and low to the ice that it can be very deceptive for goaltenders. Given his size, defense will always be somewhat of a struggle. Right now he copes to the situation by utilizing his speed, but for him to succeed at the professional level, he will need to bulk up to be more than a power play specialist.

Given the Sharks lack of depth as far as power-play defenders go, getting a power-play specialist wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world. Still, Ryan will have another season to mature physically and hopefully take another step towards joining the Sharks. Have I mentioned the Barracuda are going to be fun this year? I think they’re going to be fun this year.

Name: Joakim Ryan

Age (as of 10/12/16): 23

Position: Defender

2015-16 Team: San Jose Barracuda

Where he’ll (probably) be next year: San Jose Barracuda

What we like: His speed and offensive ability.

What to improve on: Would be nice to see him bulk up a little bit.

Highlight: Ryan notched three assists in the San Jose Barracuda’s first playoff victory. The first on a shot that was tipped in by Ryan Carpenter and the next two via breakout passes.