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Mike Van Ryn

Mike Van Ryn  #26

Defenseman
NUMBER: 26 BIRTHDATE: May 14, 1979
HEIGHT: 6' 1" BIRTHPLACE: London, ON, Canada
WEIGHT: 213 DRAFTED: NJD / 1998 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Right ROUND: 1st   (26th overall)

- Will miss the 2009-10 season due to knee injury.
- Needs 1 assist for 100 career NHL assists.

OHA-B First All-Star Team (1997) Signed as a free agent by St. Louis, June 30, 2000. Missed majority of 2000-01 due to shoulder injury vs. Phoenix, October 5, 2000. Traded to Florida by St. Louis for Valeri Bure and Florida's 5th round choice (Nikita Nikitin) in 2004 Entry Draft, March 11, 2003. Missed majority of 2007-08 due to off-season wrist surgery and recurring complications. Traded to Toronto by Florida for Bryan McCabe and Toronto's 4th round choice (Sam Brittain) in 2010 Entry Draft, September 2, 2008. Missed majority of 2008-09 season and entire 2009-10 due to various injuries. Officially announced his retirement, July 26, 2010.
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What we expected is what we got. Very mature young individual that's focused. He is on the right track. He's not only a great hockey individual, but he's a good person off the ice. He seemed to take a leadership role with this group right off the hop and ran away with it, and was vocal, was respectful, was everything it takes to be a Panther. His future looks bright.

— Florida Panthers director of player development Brian Skrudland on defenseman Aaron Ekblad's performance at development camp