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Prospect of the Week - Ryan Zuhlsdorf

by Phil Novotny / Tampa Bay Lightning

This week, we’ll focus on a captivating prospect out of the United States Hockey League: Ryan Zuhlsdorf. The captain of the Sioux City Musketeers, Zuhlsdorf is playing his second season with the team.

The Lightning selected Zuhlsdorf in the fifth round, 150th overall, at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. He is an intelligent hockey player who is continuing to grow in juniors. “He is a key member of our team that leads with his play on and off the ice,” Musketeers head coach Jay Varady said.

Prior to playing in the USHL, Zuhlsdorf starred for Edina High School in Edina, Minn., and won a state championship. Zuhlsdorf also took part in the 2015 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game.

During his first season with the Musketeers, Zuhlsdorf scored three goals and 22 points in 56 games played in addition to tallying 58 penalty minutes. At the conclusion of the regular season, he was named to the 2014-2015 USHL’s All-Rookie Team.

This season, Zuhlsdorf is taking his talent to the next level. Last week, he won the USHL Defenseman of the Week after putting up a four-point weekend that led Sioux City to two victories during that stretch. His standout performance came against the Waterloo Black Hawks on Sunday where he recorded three assists in the Musketeers 7-5 victory.

When asked about his development, Varady said that Zuhlsdorf is on track and also praised his intangibles on the ice. “His hockey IQ is high, and he can play in key minutes and situations which makes him versatile,” Varady said.

Zuhlsdorf is committed to play hockey at the University of Minnesota following his career in juniors. Overall, his performance with the Musketeers should prepare him for the competition that lies ahead.

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