Okay, so I thought it was time to take a quick look at the Edmonton Oiler prospect, Ryan Stone. We’re still in the preseason, but already Stone’s making a great impression as well as a case for a spot on the Oilers this year. Relative to the Edmonton Oilers roster, perhaps the most important numbers in Ryan Stone’s favor are the following: 6’2″/207 lbs.
Ryan Stone was draft early in the 2nd round of the 2003 draft at number 32 by the Pittsburgh Penguins. He was traded to the Edmonton Oilers in January 2009 in a package including Danny Sabourin as well as a 2011 4rth round pick for Mathieu Garon. Last season, he played a near even split in terms of games for the Wilkes Barre-Scranton Penguins and the Springfield Falcons. Ryan was 2nd in scoring with (77gp/17g/40a/57p/+3/117PIM). In fact, he was one of the few forward skaters on the Springfield Falcons to finish the year with a positive plus/minus number.
Back to the preseason games… With the very limited sample size of stats taken into consideration, so far, there’s a few more numbers besides his size that look good for Ryan Stone. At this point, in the two games that he’s played, he has 0g/3a/3p–not to mention that he’s plus 4. Overall, this puts him in a tie with Tom Gilbert for points at 3rd as well as tie with Mike Comrie for 2nd in terms of plus/minus numbers. Okay, so he’s only played two games against a couple teams filled with AHL level players, but Ryan’s still putting forward a good effort.
If Ryan Stone does make the Oilers’ roster this year, his name does lend itself well to a variety of headlines. Really, there’s nearly endless possibilities:
- Ryan Stone–caught between a rock and a hard place?
- A Ryan Stone gathers no moss!
Ryan Stone seems to be looking pretty good during the preseason at least on the line with Mike Comrie and Patrick O’Sullivan. Already, he’s survived a number of Oilers cuts and he just might find himself playing in the bigs this season…