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Ryan
Chesley

Ryan Chesley is a strong, two-way defender who does tend to place more emphasis on the defensive side of the game. With his strong skating and positional discipline, he is a strong rush defender and more than adequate when the opposition has a longer stay in his end. He uses his footwork and his stick…

Date of Birth
February 27, 2004
Position
Defense
Height
6'0
Draft Year
2022
Place of Birth
Mahtomedi, MN  
Shoots
Right
Weight
195 lbs
Draft Result
2/37 (WSH)
DATE PLAYER NAME LEAGUE AUTHOR
Jun 10/22 Chesley Ryan 23957 – USA U-18 vs. Cedar Rapids USHL by Douglas Larson View Report
Apr 24/22 Chesley Ryan 23788 – Czechia vs. Team USA WJC-18 by Austin Broad View Report
Jan 12/22 Chesley Ryan 23157 – Minnesota vs. USA U18 NTDP by Josh Bell View Report
Nov 23/21 Chesley Ryan 22836 – Team USA vs. Sweden 5NATIONS by Douglas Larson View Report
Nov 19/21 Chesley Ryan 22821 – Adrian vs. USA U18 USDP by Austin Broad View Report
Aug 15/21 Chesley Ryan 22374 – Green Bay vs. USA U18 USHL by Brandon Holmes View Report
Jan 9/21 Chesley Ryan 21552 – Chicago vs. USA U17 USHL by FCHockey Staff View Report

Career Stats

Season Team League GP G A TP PPG +/- PIM
2022-2023 Univ. of Minnesota ncaa 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2021-2022 USNTDP Juniors ushl 26 5 10 15 0.58 20 45
2020-2021 USNTDP Juniors ushl 27 6 8 14 0.52 -8 12
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April 24, 2022
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April 5, 2022
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January 15, 2022
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January 4, 2022
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December 27, 2021
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December 17, 2021
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December 6, 2021
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Ryan Chesley is a strong, two-way defender who does tend to place more emphasis on the defensive side of the game. With his strong skating and positional discipline, he is a strong rush defender and more than adequate when the opposition has a longer stay in his end. He uses his footwork and his stick positioning to force puck-carriers away from the center lane to negate potential high-danger chances off the rush. Offensively, he does have the ability to drive transitional play. He’s a strong skater with good vision and a knack for making a crisp and accurate first pass. His offensive production doesn’t jump off the page at all, which may lower some people’s opinion of him, especially with the way the game is evolving but just because his production isn’t impressive doesn’t mean his ability to play the offensive game is lacking. There may be some hidden offensive creativity however, after he played the de facto stay-at-home role when routinely paired with the offensive Lane Hutson, who loved to push the envelope offensively. His biggest issue is his ceiling. He’s not all that flashy and won’t wow anyone with an abundance of highly skilled plays, but what he will do is play quality minutes and rarely put his team behind the eight-ball whenever he is out there. He flashed a bit of his offensive potential at the Under-18s and showed what he can do when he decides to take the reins off himself. If he can be the player he was at that late-season tournament more consistently, then there’d be more belief he has a much higher ceiling at the NHL level. Chesley isn’t the flashiest of prospects, but is the type of player who will carve out a long and quality career because of the reliable presence he brings when he’s on the ice.


– FCHockey’s 2022 NHL Draft Guide