Final Grade: Ryan Stoa

This report card is a joint effort by Beachie, Sandie, Paul, SlamDunktheFunk and DDC. Stats courtesy of hockey-reference.com and NHL.com

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Final Grade

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Final Grade: D+

Midseason Grade: N/A

Last Year: INC

Position: LW (25gp)

Lines:

  • 1st 12gp 1g 1a 2pt -3
  • 3rd 6gp 0g 1a 1pt Even
  • 2nd 4gp 1g 0a 1pt -1
  • 4th 3gp 0g 0a 0pt -2

Vitals: 6'3" / 200 / 24 / Shoots L

Drafted by the Avalanche in the 2nd round (34th) in the 2005 Entry Draft

Joined Avalanche: Made his NHL debut with the Avs on December 13, 2009 vs. Calgary.

MHH Nicknames: ...

Linemates:

C:

  • Stastny 12gp 2g 1a 3pt -1
  • McClement 5gp 0g 1a 1pt -1
  • O'Reilly 4gp 0g 0a 0pt -1
  • Duchene 2gp 0g 0a 0pt -2
  • Dupuis 1gp 0g 0a 0pt +1
  • Galiardi 1gp 0g 0a 0pt Even

RW:

  • Jones 8gp 0g 0a 0pt Even
  • Porter 7gp 0g 1a 1pt -2          
  • Stewart 3gp 1g 0a 1pt -2
  • Hejduk 2gp 0g 1a 1pt Even
  • Yip 2gp 1g 0a 0pt -1
  • McClement 1gp 0g 0a 0pt Even
  • McCleod 1gp 0g 0a 0pt +1
  • Winnik 1gp 0g 0a 0pt Even

Avs with Stoa in the lineup: 6-18-1 (.260 pt %) 2.28 GF 3.68 GA

Ice Time:

  • TTOI 13:20 (14th)
  • EV 11:46 (13th)
  • PK 0:00 (19th)
  • PP 1:33 (10th)

Career Highlights: Scored the game-winning goal in his first career shootout attempt on March 19th in Edmonton.

Report: I've sat here for a while trying to come up with amusing and clever things to say about Stoa's season but it seems I won't be coming up with anything. Ironically, that seems to be more fitting than anything I could have mustered up. Avalanche fans have been teased by the potential of Ryan Stoa since the day he was drafted in the second round by his impressive size and soft hands (hawhawhaw) and keep waiting on the kid to breakout. This past season, a lost season for so many players, would have been the golden opportunity to shine at the Avs thinnest position. Sadly, Stoa took the opportunity and essentially reminded me of Darcy Tucker night in and night out. While improvements were made as his season wore on and the team as a whole played a bit better (from unwatchable to ghastly...yay), ultimately this season served only to raise more red flags than anything else for this Avs prospect. A lack of production is only ever forgiven (and even then, it's pretty rare) if fans have the impression the player is exerting enormous effort but with Stoa you always get the feeling he's only playing hockey because it's what he's always done. There's never a sense of urgency and about as spirited as he got was jumping a guy from behind and then getting punched in the face while laying on the ice late in the season. When that's my most lucid memory of Stoa (that and the 3 or 4 disallowed goals he had...), there's no way his season could be considered a success in anyway.

Fun Fact: Stoa graduated from the same Minnesota high school as Kent Hrbek.

The Ryan Stoa Drinking Game: Drink when Stoa uses his large frame to punish the other team  Drunk potential: *crickets*

What We Said Last YearRyan Stoa was primed to be a breakout rookie this season. Unfortunately he is slow in a league where speed in king. He was looking better at the end of the season but he is going to have to get a lot better in order to break the (it makes me so happy to say this) the depth of the Avs forwards.

2010 Cap Hit: $850,000

2011 Status: RFA ($765,000 QO)

Outlook for Next Season: On one hand, Stoa is just 24 and has just 37 games (plus one playoff game) under his belt, so there's certainly plenty of time for him to start showing the promise that had him drafted 34th overall in 2005, 10 spots ahead of Paul Stastny. On the other, he hasn't really exhibited enough drive, determination or consistency to warrant a longer look. And the clock is ticking: he becomes waiver eligible after 33 more games. Bottom line: the Avs are embarrassingly thin at left wing...yet Stoa would still be considered a long shot to make the roster out of camp next fall.

Next Up: Brian Elliott

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