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Fantasy Summary

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


Observations

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December 2019 – Against all odds in a crowded organization, Graves has become a regular in the Avs’ seven-man defense rotation. He brings a physical element that often goes missing when Johnson and Cole get injured, and has driven play in the right direction well enough to earn a full-time role even when the other gritty members of the blue line are healthy. His 39 NHL games played so far is a career-high, and his 15 points in that span are nothing to sneeze at (although I wouldn’t bet on his 8% shooting rate to be sustained over a full campaign, even if it is technically below his career-average at the moment). He brings excellent hits and blocks totals aided by his consistent presence on the penalty kill, and is worthy of a pickup in multi-category leagues for the foreseeable future. Hayden Soboleski

 

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

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 5.5
NHL Certainty 10.0
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

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2010-2011 South Shore MustangsNSMMHL32 5 712 58|Playoffs5 0 66
  Yarmouth MarinersMJAHL1 0 00 2|Playoffs3 0 00
  Team Nova ScotiaCWG7 0 11 4|        
 2011-2012 Prince Edward Island RocketQMJHL62 2 79 34|        
  Canada Atlantic U17WHC-175 0 00 2|        
 2012-2013 Prince Edward Island RocketQMJHL68 3 1316 90|Playoffs6 0 00
 2013-2014 Charlottetown IslandersQMJHL39 3 912 52|        
  Val-d'Or ForeursQMJHL26 2 810 16|Playoffs24 1 78 24 
  Val-d'Or ForeursM-Cup4 0 22 4|        
  QMJHL All-StarsJr Super Series2 0 00 2|        
 2014-2015 Québec RempartsQMJHL50 15 2439 49|Playoffs21 5 611 25 
  Québec RempartsM-Cup5 2 35 4|        
  QMJHL All-StarsJr Super Series2 0 00 0|        
 2015-2016 Hartford Wolf PackAHL74 9 1221 53|        
 2016-2017 Hartford Wolf PackAHL76 8 2230 69|        
 2017-2018 Hartford Wolf PackAHL57 4 711 66|        
  San Antonio RampageAHL21 1 56 7|        
 2018-2019 Colorado AvalancheNHL26 3 25 2|        
  Colorado EaglesAHL32 2 79 26|        
 2019-2020 Colorado AvalancheNHL69 9 1726 45|Playoffs15 1 23

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