Derek Ryan
Derek Ryan
32-Year-Old CenterC
Calgary Flames
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Don't let the bottom-six usage fool you -- Ryan has recorded a respectable 38 points in each of his last two seasons. He also went plus-21 with seven power-play points and four shorthanded points in 2018-19. Ryan can play on any line under coach Bill Peters, and that versatility allows him to be far more productive than most checking-line centers. Fantasy owners can expect the 32-year-old to top 35 points for a third straight season in 2019-20, with five to eight of those tallies coming on the man advantage. Ryan isn't much of a physical player -- he's only topped 50 hits once during his first three full NHL campaigns -- so his value outside of standard formats will depend on which categories are counted. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $9.38 million contract with the Flames in July of 2018.
Lights lamp in Tuesday's loss
CCalgary Flames
November 19, 2019
Ryan scored a goal on three shots in Tuesday's 3-2 loss to the Avalanche.
The goal snapped a four-game point drought for Ryan, but the Flames had scored only three times as a team during that span. Ryan is up to 10 points and 33 shots on goal in 24 contests this season. It's possible, given the team's struggles, that Ryan could move up the lineup if coach Bill Peters feels the need to shuffle his lines.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
After three seasons with the Hurricanes where he scored a combined 67 points in 147 games, (primarily in a bottom-six role), Ryan signed as a free agent with the Flames in July, inking a new three-year, $3.1 million contract. With the Flames, Ryan is reunited with Bill Peters, who was Ryan's coach for all three of his seasons in Carolina. Looking ahead, Ryan is expected to fill a similar checking-line role in Calgary, lining up behind Sean Monahan and Matthew Tkachuk as the team's third-line center.
After spending over a decade playing at various levels outside the NHL, including the AHL, WHL and Europe, the undrafted Ryan finally landed a full-time gig with the Hurricanes last season, playing in 67 games and scoring 29 points in a mostly third-line role. Fittingly, Ryan was nominated as a finalist for the NHL’s Bill Masterton trophy for perseverance and dedication to hockey, and was eventually re-signed by the Hurricanes to a one-year, $1.42 million contract in July. Ryan is expected to reprise his checking-line center role once again in Carolina next season and is a good late-round draft candidate in the deepest fantasy formats.
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Deposits third goal
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November 7, 2019
Ryan netted a goal on four shots in Thursday's 5-2 win over the Devils.
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Delivers helper
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November 3, 2019
Ryan notched an assist and two shots on goal in Saturday's 3-0 win over the Blue Jackets.
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Two points in comeback win
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October 31, 2019
Ryan scored a goal on his lone shot and added an assist in Thursday's 6-5 overtime win over the Predators.
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Adds assist
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October 22, 2019
Ryan collected an assist, three shots on goal and two PIM in Tuesday's 5-3 loss to the Capitals.
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Contributes goal and assist
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October 17, 2019
Ryan scored a goal on three shots and added an assist with a plus-3 rating in Thursday's 5-1 win over Detroit.
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