Future Watch: Joakim Ryan Rookie Hockey Cards, Sharks – Joakim Ryan was drafted by the San Jose Sharks with the 198th overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. His career started in prep school in the United States and then started to blossom in the USHL with the Dubuque Fighting Saints in 2010-11. He had 32 points in 53 games showing off his offensive abilities.
After that he attended Cornell University. He spent all four years at the University. In 123 career games there he had 78 points, 19 of them were goals. When his career there ended in 2014-15 he turned pro and join the now defunct Worcester Sharks for seven games in the AHL.
Going into the 2015-16 season he played for the San Jose Barracuda. In his first season there the blueliner had 28 points. That was something to build on. The next season he played one less game, but he had an offensive explosion with 10 goals and 49 points. That season his team made it to the Conference Finals. In 15 games he had 11 points.
Ryan made his NHL debut in mid-October. He played in 62 games getting 12 points. He was sent back down to the AHL where he had two points in two games. He made the Sharks 2018 playoff roster but missed first round action due to injury.
Take a look at his first NHL goal:
At 24, the player with dual citizenship (Sweden/United States) is ready to elevate his game. He’s now a part of a playoff team and that experience will help him become a mainstay next year and for many seasons to come. Collectors should keep an eye on him.
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