Derek Ryan

Derek Ryan

37-Year-Old CenterC
Edmonton Oilers
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Ryan has reached the 20-point mark in six of his last seven seasons, though he's produced only 42 points over 155 contests with the Oilers in the last two years. That was still enough for Edmonton to bring him back on a two-year deal to continue to fill a bottom-six role in 2023-24. Ryan is still an effective defensive forward at 36 years old, and his ability to play center or wing will help him stay in a variety of lineups the Oilers could use. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two--year, $1.8 million contract with the Oilers in June of 2023.
Generates assist
CEdmonton Oilers
April 7, 2024
Ryan logged an assist in Saturday's 4-2 win over the Flames.
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Ryan snapped his 16-game point drought with a helper against his former team. The forward was scratched eight times during his slump -- he has been at risk of losing playing time since the Oilers acquired Adam Henrique and Sam Carrick from the Ducks at the trade deadline. Ryan's lack of offense, which has seen him put up 12 points and 46 shots on net over 68 games, makes him a non-factor in fantasy.
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2023–24 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    10:12
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    0:01
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    1:36
 
Ice Time
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11:26
0:04
1:43
2022–23
11:10
0:07
1:13
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Remains good fit for Oilers
CEdmonton Oilers
May 30, 2023
Sportsnet's Mark Spector believes Edmonton should try to re-sign Ryan to a one-year deal.
ANALYSIS
Although Spector thinks the Oilers should try to keep Ryan around for another season, he also doesn't think Edmonton should pay the veteran forward any more than the $1.25 million he made in 2022-23. Ryan picked up 13 goals and 20 points while posting a plus-11 rating through 80 regular-season games before adding three points through 11 playoff appearances this year.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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After tallying at least 10 goals (and 29 points) in each of his first four full NHL seasons, the late-blooming Ryan's productivity tailed off dramatically in 2020-21, thanks in part to a career-low shooting percentage of 5.4. He signed a free agent contract in the offseason with Edmonton, a team that has long been searching for more consistent, competitive play out of its third line. Ryan, who turns 35 in December, will likely get the first crack at centering that unit and should be a good bet to land back in double-digit goal-scoring territory this season.
Ryan had 10 goals and 29 points in 68 games last year while primarily being deployed in a bottom-six role. The 33-year-old center had posted back-to-back 38 point campaigns prior to last campaign, but was likely to fall short of that mark even before the NHL season was put on pause. It's not impossible for Ryan to get back over the 30-point threshold, but there will be competition for jobs in the Flames' bottom six after a slew of depth signings during free agency. Nonetheless, expect Ryan to remain in the lineup most nights due to his versatility and penalty-killing skills. His impact in fantasy will likely be limited to deeper formats, where his steady scoring can help shore up a lineup.
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.
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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Set to return against Bruins
CEdmonton Oilers
March 5, 2024
Ryan (undisclosed) is expected back in the lineup against Boston on Tuesday, per NHL.com.
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Dealing with minor injury
CEdmonton Oilers
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March 3, 2024
Ryan (undisclosed) won't play Sunday against Pittsburgh.
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Nets shortie Saturday
CEdmonton Oilers
February 18, 2024
Ryan scored a shorthanded goal in Saturday's 4-3 overtime win over the Stars.
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Sets up empty-netter
CEdmonton Oilers
February 9, 2024
Ryan logged an assist and two shots on goal in Friday's 5-3 win over the Ducks.
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Nets equalizer in comeback win
CEdmonton Oilers
January 17, 2024
Ryan scored a goal on two shots in Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Maple Leafs.
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