At the beginning of the year, Joakim Ryan was the prime candidate to skate with Burns. After sloppy play and Simek’s emergence, Ryan lost his job as a starter.
Ryan’s physicality was never noticeably present and he did not have a strong shot from the point. His undersized frame made it difficult to navigate through the Western Conference.
The sophomore defender mainly filled in the gaps when the Sharks were short-handed during the second half of the season and the postseason performing adequetely for a seventh defenseman. However the Sharks will need to see tons of improvement from Ryan if he hopes to secure a spot in Team Teals everyday lineup.