Henrik Rybinski: 2022 Annual Review And Forecast

Photo: Brian Liesse/Seattle Thunderbirds

Next up in our annual prospect review and forecast series is Henrik Rybinski, forward for the Seattle Thunderbirds of the Western Hockey League (WHL). (You can access all of our Capitals Prospect Reports and player analysis on our “Prospects” page in the top menu or right here.)


Rybinski, who turns 21 on June 26, is a 6’-1”, right-handed forward from Vancouver, British Columbia. He was originally drafted by the Florida Panthers in the fifth round (#136 overall) of 2019 NHL Entry Draft, but was not offered a contract. He was subsequently signed by the Capitals to a three-year entry-level contract for $925,000 AAV on March 1, 2022.


Rybinski began his junior hockey career with the Medicine Hat Tigers for the 2017-18 season. He would record four goals and 13 assists in 77 games over two seasons with the Tigers before he was traded to the Seattle Thunderbirds on January 4, 2019.

Rybinski recorded 11 goals and 20 assists in 53 regular season games for a .62 points per game average in the 2019-20 season for the Thunderbirds.

During the 2020-21 season with Seattle, Rybinski led the team with 28 points (7g, 21a) in 23 games and was tied for 20th in the WHL.

According to Pro Hockey Rumors, Rybinski was in the Edmonton Oilers development camp in August, 2021, and before that had been in camps run by the Panthers. That’s actually where he transitioned back to center, the position he now plays full-time.

The 2021-22 season was Rybinski’s fourth and final season with the Thunderbirds. He was moved from the wing to center and recorded 21 goals and 44 assists in 47 games played for a 1.38 points per game average during the regular season. On April 10 he was named the Thunderbirds’ Most Valuable Player for the 2021-22 season.

Rybinski recorded four goals and 14 assists in 19 postseason games as the Thunderbirds  advanced to the WHL finals. He would sustain an injury in the first game of the final series and miss the next three games before returning as the Thunderbirds fell to the Edmonton Oil Kings in the championship series.


The following is a compilation of our month-by-month prospect reports for Henrik Rybinski during the 2021-2022 season. You can find all of our monthly prospect reports on our “Prospects” page in the top menu.

The Capitals announced on March 1 that they had signed Rybinski to a three-year deal at $925,000 AAV. (March 1 was the first day teams can sign free agent prospects to entry-level contracts). He mostly played right wing up until this season, when he switched to center.

Rybinski was out with an injury for most of the month, but returned to the lineup on March 25th. (He had not played since February 26th as he was dealing with an upper body injury). He recorded two assists in the final three games of the month.


Rybinski went undrafted as a winger. The Seattle Thunderbirds then decided to move him to the center position for the 2021-22 season and his game has took off. As a result, the Washington Capitals signed Henrik Rybinski to a three-year entry-level deal on March 1.

Assist on 4/2

The icing on the 2021-22 cake for Rybinski? On April 10 he was named the Thunderbirds’ Most Valuable Player for the 2021-22 season.

For the season, Rybinski has 21 goals and 44 assists in 47 games played for a 1.39 points per game average and has shot the puck 146 times for a 14.4% shooting percentage. His game total is on the low side after he sat out most of March with an injury.

Rybinski should be in Capitals development camp this summer and will most likely report to the Hershey Bears for the start of the 2022-23 AHL season.


Rybinski suffered an undisclosed injury in Game 1 of the WHL Championship and missed the next three games of the series. In the end he recorded four goals and 14 assists in 19 postseason games for the T-Birds.


Rybinski’s next stop will be in Hershey with the Bears this fall. The first question related to the start of his AHL career will be his durability at the next level. Rybinski suffered several injuries since the Capitals signed him on March 1, so it will be interesting to see how he adapts to the increase in physicality at the AHL level.

Rybinski has experience at both the wing and center position, and he will likely see time at both positions, initially in Hershey. However, he excels at the center position, so expect him to get solid minutes at center in the second half of the season.

By Jon Sorensen

Related Reading:
Henrik Rybinski scores goal, assist in WHL’s Western Conference Title Game
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Henrik Rybinski named MVP of Seattle Thunderbirds
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About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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6 Responses to Henrik Rybinski: 2022 Annual Review And Forecast

  1. Scott Lew73 says:

    Hopefully he “Grows Up” between now & camp!! He made a “crying baby” gesture to one of the Edmonton oil kings during the WHL final last night.
    Better not try that in Pro or he’s going to need good dentist,because someone will knock his teeth out!!

  2. steven says:

    Lets see what he can doat Hershey at the C position 1st and then go from there. Not a lot invested and nothing ventured nothing gained. If he turns the corner and becomes a good pro that makes this a nice steal.

  3. Lance says:

    Intriguing player.

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