Ryan Zuhlsdorf

by olafson1393 on March 13, 2018


Ryan Zuhlsdorf, D


Shoots: L

Height: 5-11

Weight: 187

Born: 1997-07-01

Hometown: Edina, MN

Drafted: 2015 by the Tampa Bay Lightning, 150th overall


March 2018 – The University of Minnesota sophomore defender concluded his season goalless in Big-10 competition, and racked up a substantial 40 minutes in penalties through 38 games. A year removed from finishing the regular season atop the B1G standings, the Gophers struggled to maintain a sub-.500 record, despite an enormously talented lineup. The Division I Men's Ice Hockey Committee will announce the remaining 10 teams to compete in the NCAA tournament on March 18th, The Gophers season could be extended should they be selected. Brayden Olafson

November 2017 – In his second season with the Gophers, Zuhlsdorf has pushed his puck distributing skills a half step higher, a month into the NCAA season. The former fifth-round-pick will almost certainly play out his degree at The University of Minnesota while he continues to work on rounding out his game. Zuhsdorf is one of the few players that seems to stray from the typical Lightning drafting theme of being a two-way player first, though he does play an important role as a set-up defender. The puck moving rearguard has physically developed since being drafted, however his puck distribution ability seems to be his only tool as he turns the half-way point of his college career – in his combined five seasons between the USHL and NCAA, he's scored only five goals in 151 games. If you're looking for a defender who can contribute in multiple categories, Zuhsdorf is not your man – in a strictly points league, he's a blip on the radar. Brayden Olafson


June 2017 – The undersized defenseman attended the University of Minnesota in his draft+2 season. After finishing the previous season with the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the USHL, Zuhlsdorf committed to the NCAA where his completion was thoroughly upgraded, both in terms of skill and size. The adjustment was evident for Zuhlsdorf, who in his days in the USHL had carried the reputation of an offensive defenseman. He carried his weight as a freshman though, finishing his freshman campaign with positive indications of defensive responsibility, and leaving himself with room to improve offensively as he earns more ice time in the future. Brayden Olafson


August 2016 – Ryan Zuhlsdorf is a small, skilled, quick, and offensively minded defender looking to make a splash in his first year at the NCAA level this upcoming season. At Minnesota, Zuhlsdorf will be able to finesse his game due to the faster pace, as well as build his body in order to adapt to the professional game. Max Marko


Fantasy Outlook: C+


Ryan Zuhlsdorf is an underrated offensive defenseman that could put up stable numbers after the proper conditioning at the NCAA level.




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