The Colorado Avalanche select right winger Ryder Rolston out of the USHL with the 139th overall pick in the fifth round. Rolston is the son of New Jersey Devils winger Brian, who spent 17 years in the NHL. Ryder is described as a speedy rush winger with great lateral ability and a good shot on the power play.
Rolston will be heading to the University of Notre Dame this season after moving through the USNTDP and the USHL Waterloo Black Hawks. Rolston is 6’1” and is still growing into his frame, so there is a lot of untapped potential once he fills into his currently lanky body. Four years in college will definitely do that for him. He was ranked in the 100 range, so the Avalanche getting him at 139 is good value.
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“Before fully turning his attention to the draft, Rolston wants to refine his game. His versatility is something he would most like to improve, particularly his play away from the puck, which will serve him as he moves forward in his hockey career; he will be a freshman at Notre Dame next season.”
“In the next level you have to be able to play in all scenarios,” said Rolston, who said he’s modeled his game after Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon and Los Angeles Kings forward Ilya Kovalchuk. “I feel like just working on that side will kind of turn me into a more complete player. I’ll be able to play in all situations when the time comes.”
“Rolston said his speed and skating is where he’d like it to be. He has worked on his shot the past year, making a concerted effort to get better from the outside instead of solely scoring from around the crease.” — NHL dot com
From our friends at All About the Jersey:
“While a solid contributor at every level, Rolston has never been a star player at any level, never completely dominating play and posting ridiculous numbers. Indeed, Rolston is promising in that, as of now, he has played consistently no matter where he is, and knows his role as a scorer. Will this translate as his game progresses?” — All About the Jersey