The Washington Capitals selected forward Ryan Hofer with their sixth round pick (#181 overall) of the 2022 NHL Entry Draft, Friday afternoon in Montreal. Hofer played for the Everett Silvertips in the Western Hockey League last season.
Hofer, 20, is a 6’-3” left-hander from Winnipeg, Canada. He was passed over in each of the past two NHL drafts, but showed an uptick in his game in the 2021-22 season. He was invited to the Colorado Avalanche’s Development Camp last summer.
Hofer finished tied for the club lead with 51 points (26g-25a) in 35 games while playing for the Pursuit of Excellence Midget Prep program (CSSHL) in 2019-20.
“Ryan is a big bodied forward with offensive flair and a consistently high compete level,” said Silvertips director of player personnel Alvin Backus. “He has the ability to play all three forward positions, possesses good puck skills, and a heavy, accurate shot. He’s fully capable of challenging for ice time this next season and eventually as he gets older, into a player who can contribute within the top two lines. Similar to current Silvertips such as Gage Goncalves, Justyn Gurney, Brendan Lee, Jacob Wright, and Aidan Sutter, who worked hard to break through after being undrafted, he’s demonstrated value by working hard at his game to make this day possible. A core value of our organization is continuously searching for those kind of prospects, and we’re looking forward to welcoming him to Silvertips training camp.”
Ryan is the brother of Blues’ goalie prospect Joel Hofer.
Did Ryan Hofer really knock a man down with his backside, fend off an oncoming hit then draw a penalty all in the same sequence?
— Everett Silvertips (@WHLsilvertips) April 26, 2022
Hofer can also drop the gloves
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