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Ryan Whitney
Ryan Whitney
Defenseman
(WHIHT-nee, RIGH-yuhn)
Number: 19
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 209
Shoots: Left
Born: Feb 19, 1983  (Age 31)
Birthplace: Boston, MA, United States
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Drafted: PIT / 2002 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 1st (5th overall)
2007-08:  Skilled defenseman contributed 12 goals, 40 points in 76 games …Played 200th career NHL game Feb. 9 vs. Los Angeles and notched 100th career assist March 12 vs. Buffalo … Equaled career-high with three points Feb. 21 vs. Montreal (1+2) and Feb. 7 vs. NY Islanders (2+1) … Ranked second on team in ice time (22:28 per game) and fourth in blocked shots (114) … Scored first career shorthanded goal Jan. 24 vs. Philadelphia … Registered six points in playoffs (1+5) and tied for team lead with plus-8 rating … Was even or better in 16 of 20 playoff games … Logged game-high 50:46 of ice time in Game 5 of Stanley Cup Finals (triple overtime).

NHL CAREER: Former first-round pick had breakout season in 2006-07, ranking sixth in scoring among NHL defensemen with 59 points (14+45) in 81 games … Had 37 points in final 44 games of season … Second on team in average ice time (23:56) … Had career-high nine-game point streak from Jan. 10 to Feb. 1 (2+10) … Made NHL debut in 2005-06, recording 38 points (6+32) in 68 games … Recalled from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton after spending first nine games of 2005-06 in AHL.

INTERNATIONAL: Played for United States in World Junior Championships in 2002 and 2003 … In 2003 had five points in seven games (1+4) and helped U.S. to a fourth-place finish. … Played for U.S. National Developmental Team in 2000-01.

COLLEGE: Played three seasons as standout at BostonUniversity (2001-04) … Led team in scoring as a junior in 2003-04 with 25 points (9+16) and named Honorable Mention All Hockey East … Career highlights include winning Boston’s Beanpot Tournament with BU.

 

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