Two-way defenseman with a heavy one-timer from the point. Possesses decent offensive upside and has a solid floor defensively, making him a potential top-four defenseman at the NHL level.
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July 2022 – The Washington Capitals have selected Chesley in the second round of the 2022 NHL Draft, 37th overall. Nick Richard
September 2021 – Ryan Chesley rose through the ranks at Shattuck St. Mary’s where he played for three seasons in which he put up plenty of points from the back end. After his final and most productive season, he joined the USNTDP U17s where he effortlessly transitioned and saw more success. He tallied 34 points in 37 games with the U17s before earning his call up to the U18s. In a dozen games with them, he tallied just a pair of points before the end of the season. Chesley also represented Team USA at the U18 World Championships, scoring one goal during the tournament. Chesley will spend his draft year playing with the USNTDP’s U18 squad and is committed to the University of Minnesota for the 2022-23 season.
Chesley is a mobile right-handed shooting defenseman who is adept at starting the breakout with his passing or skating ability. Standing at 6-0 and weighing 187 pounds, Chesley brings a sturdy frame and good size to the table, looking comfortable in his body. He has good speed, uses his edges well, and does a good job to force players to the outside when he is a step too slow. While he shows a knack for the offensive side of the game, he doesn’t show any glaring deficiencies on defense. He positions himself well while using his stick to maintain gaps and fights hard along the boards to tie up opponents. He is not afraid to use his body to block a shot or to throw a big hit. When playing with a more offensive-minded partner, he is capable of assuming the defensive role on the pairing and establishing his physical presence. On