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Insider Only Scouts Buzz: Derek Ryan and a potential fit with the Pittsburgh Penguins

Carolina Hurricanes third line center Derek Ryan is another name starting to pop up connected to the Penguins on the rumor mill.

Want the Full Story? Get "Inside Access" Ryan, though, is a pretty good skater with some offensive ability. He has 11 goals on the season to go with 15 assists. He has also been a very good possession player this year, 56.8 CF%, and for his NHL career has been above 50%.

Ryan is also a right handed shooter and the Penguins have been very intrigued about adding a right handed centerman to play with Phil Kessel.

On the contract front, Ryan carries just a $1.45 million cap hit and is a free agent at seasons end.

Ryan has been a career minor league player, while also playing overseas. He has appeared in just 121 career NHL games, totaling 24 goals – 33 assists – 57 points and a minus-20 rating.

Ryan’s points/60 this season is 1.99 with his most common linemates being Jeff Skinner and Justin Williams, so there is some intrigue with Ryan being able to play well with talented wingers.

The Skinner – Ryan – Williams line when it has been together this season drove possession at 58%.

Ryan has 9 goals and 8 assists at even strength (5 v 5) compared to Riley Sheahan who has 3 goals and 10 assists during 5-on-5 play.


Some numbers that also stand out:

Derek Ryan
Individual Scoring Chances – 92 Want the Full Story? Get "Inside Access"

Riley Sheahan
Individual Scoring Chances – 54 | Individual High Danger Chances – 23

Sheahan is the better all-around player when it comes to forechecking and wall play, but Ryan would bring more skill, speed and better ability to drive possession to the table.

However, playing Ryan and Phil Kessel together in the defensive zone wouldn’t be a good scene.

How has Ryan matched up against some of the league’s best centers this season?

Head-to-head vs Sidney Crosby
19:39 TOI | 51.5 CF%

Head-to-head vs Evgeni Malkin
14:33 TOI | 62 CF%

Head-to-Head vs Auston Matthews
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William DePaoli

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