Capitals Select Forward Ryan Hofer With The 181st Overall Pick In 2022 NHL Entry Draft

Photo: Everett Silvertips

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.

Hofer can also drop the gloves

By Jon Sorensen

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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 Capitals Select Forward Ryan Hofer With The 181st Overall Pick In 2022 NHL Entry Draft

  1. steven says:

    Like the ability to score and to defend. Future replacement for Dowd? I know they said in the article he could contribute on the top 2 lines but with his grit and scoring would make a great 4th line C.

    • Anonymous says:

      Agree Steven, he seems to be more of a bottom six player. We’ll find out this season.

  2. Jon Sorensen says:

    Maybe the most sandpaper/grit the Capitals selected in this draft.

  3. Howie says:

    Super nice kid who comes from a great family. Hog has worked hard to get where he is. All the best with the Capitals. He will open some eyes there!

  4. Anonymous says:

    We love Ryan here in Kamloops

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