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2007 Entry Draft Prospect Profile: Ryan McDonagh

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers
From May 7 through June 15, will be profiling 30 of the top prospects in the upcoming NHL Entry Draft in alphabetical order. Check back daily Monday through Friday, to learn more about the players who could become first round draft picks of the club. Philadelphia has two first round picks, including the second choice overall.

The 2007 NHL Entry Draft takes place on June 22 and 23 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

Ryan McDonagh
2007 Team: Cretin-Derham (HS)
Position: Defense
Shoots: Left
Height: 6’1’’
Weight: 200
DOB: 6-13-89

2007 Statistics
GP: 23    G: 10    A: 23    PTS: 33    PIM: 44

A native of St. Paul, defenseman Ryan McDonagh was named Minnesota’s high school hockey player of the year, leading his team to the state championship. He is scheduled to attend the University of Wisconsin next season.

McDonagh is viewed as a solid defenseman in his own zone that also possesses some offensive ability. He can throw the punishing check and isn’t afraid to get his nose dirty along the boards, while also keeping up with the play thanks to his solid skating ability. A good shot from the point makes him a valuable player on the power play, although his style sometimes leaves his team vulnerable to scoring chances going the other way.

McDonagh was selected to participate in the Under-18 World Championships with the U.S. Under-18 team in 2007; won a silver medal at the 2006 Under-18 Junior World Cup as a member of Team USA; was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2006 Minnesota State Championship Tournament after he helped his team win; and won a gold medal as a member of the U.S. Under-17 team at the Four Nations Tournament in 2005.

The Flyers say…
“He’s a big defenseman that can skate very well, move the puck out of his end or carry it out.”
– General Manager Paul Holmgren

“Ryan McDonagh played all year in high school, and is a big, solid two-way defenseman. He’s very mobile, competitive and smart. He can get up and down the ice really well and is just a good all-around defenseman.”
– Director of Hockey Operations Chris Pryor

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