Ryan Graves

Colorado Avalanche
image courtesy of The Hockey Writers

Fantasy Summary

Stay-at-home dman with a heavy shot and good hit/block totals


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 3.5
NHL Certainty 4.0
Country CAN
Position D
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth May 21, 1995
Height 6‘5”
Weight 216 lbs
Drafted 2013 Round 4; Overall: 110

Observations

February 2019 – Graves has stuck around in the NHL for 12 games now, with 3 points to show for his efforts. His booming shot is being utilized, and he’s putting up shot/hit/block numbers relevant to the deeper dynasty leagues. Minimal upside but could provide a temporary boost in peripheral stats. 

 

December 2018 – Graves has been called up as an injury replacement and played in his first NHL game. He’s putting up relevant hit/block numbers, but that’s about it so far- consider accordingly. Hayden Soboleski

 

February 2018 – Graves has been traded to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for Chris Bigras. With offensive puck-movers Makar and Girard set to be the new guard on Colorado’s blueline in upcoming years, Graves brings a different element to the game with his big frame and 66 PIM through 57 games. Hayden Soboleski

January 2017 — Coming off an all-star season as a rookie, Graves has continued to make marked improvements during his second pro campaign with the AHL Hartford Wolfpack. Offensively through 43 games played he has registered five goals and 14 assists producing at an overall rate of 0.44 points-per-game. This production is improved from last seasons 0.28 points-per-game and also bests three of his four junior seasons in the QMJHL. Ryan also leads the Wolfpack in shots on goal with 124, which ranks in the top three for defencemen and the top ten for all skaters league wide. Graves on ice impact extends well into the defensive zone and with the Rangers aging D-core I am anticipating his debut on Broadway isn’t too far off. Geoff Kent

February 2016 – Graves is off to a great start in his first season for the Hartford Wolfpack of the American Hockey League. He was the only Hartford player selected to the AHL All Star Game. In his first 45 games with the Wolfpack, Graves has five goals, 10 assists, and a plus-2 rating. Although the 15 points he has scored may not seem all-star worthy, those numbers are just slightly off pace what he was producing in junior. Graves makes much more of an impact in areas that do not appear on the scoresheet. His 6-4 frame gives him the ability to be strong on the puck, and win many of the battles in the defensive zone, and he has a rocket of a slapshot. The all-star selection came as a surprise to many, Graves included, but it should bolster the confidence of the 20-year-old rookie who is turning some heads in the Rangers organization. Bryan Puffer December 2014 – Graves returned from his shoulder injury in November. Since then he is playing in phenomenal form. He is really solid on defense, but his offense is starting to break out now. In 21 games, he has eight goals and 17 points as a defenseman including a hat-trick in a 7-3 win over the Oceanic in Rimouski on December 18. He is playing like a man amongst boys.He has a smooth skating stride, makes good decisions with the puck and can unleash bombs from the point. When he was drafted two years ago, he was identified as a defensive specimen but ever since, he has developed his offensive game quite well. If everything goes well, in the near future he can be a Marc Staal clone for New York.Jozsef Kurtosi September 2014 – Graves was traded from Val-d’Or to Quebec in August where he will play in the Memorial Cup again this season. Graves had shoulder surgery after the 2014 CHL Memorial Cup and will not suit up until a few weeks into the regular season. When he will be healthy, will play top pairing minutes for the Remparts. Jozsef Kurtosi March 2014 – Ryan Graves was selected by the New York Rangers in the fourth round of last year’s NHL Entry Draft. He spent this season in the QMJHL, between Charlottetown and Val-d’Or. He is a big and strong guy who can fight, but offense isn’t going to really be a big part of his game. He skates well for someone his size. Since being traded he’s been outstanding and playing top-pairing minutes for the Val-d’Or Foreurs. He often compared to former Ranger defenseman Michael Sauer. After his regular season ended in Val-d’Or, New York Rangers rewarded his good work with an entry level contract, which will likely boost his confidence in the playoffs. Jozsef Kurtosi


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2010-2011 South Shore Mustangs NSMMHL 32 5 7 12 58 | Playoffs 5 0 6 6
  Yarmouth Mariners MJAHL 1 0 0 0 2 | Playoffs 3 0 0 0
  Team Nova Scotia CWG 7 0 1 1 4 |          
 2011-2012 Prince Edward Island Rocket QMJHL 62 2 7 9 34 |          
  Canada Atlantic U17 WHC-17 5 0 0 0 2 |          
 2012-2013 Prince Edward Island Rocket QMJHL 68 3 13 16 90 | Playoffs 6 0 0 0
 2013-2014 Charlottetown Islanders QMJHL 39 3 9 12 52 |          
  Val-d'Or Foreurs QMJHL 26 2 8 10 16 | Playoffs 24 1 7 8 24 
  Val-d'Or Foreurs M-Cup 4 0 2 2 4 |          
  QMJHL All-Stars Jr Super Series 2 0 0 0 2 |          
 2014-2015 Québec Remparts QMJHL 50 15 24 39 49 | Playoffs 21 5 6 11 25 
  Québec Remparts M-Cup 5 2 3 5 4 |          
  QMJHL All-Stars Jr Super Series 2 0 0 0 0 |          
 2015-2016 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 74 9 12 21 53 |          
 2016-2017 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 76 8 22 30 69 |          
 2017-2018 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 57 4 7 11 66 |          
  San Antonio Rampage AHL 21 1 5 6 7 |          
 2018-2019 Colorado Avalanche NHL 26 3 2 5 2 |          
  Colorado Eagles AHL 32 2 7 9 26 |          
 2019-2020 Colorado Avalanche NHL 8 1 1 2 4 |          

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