Capitals’ Prospect Ryan Hofer Continues Goal-Scoring Rampage

Washington Capitals forward prospect Ryan Hofer has been heating up, and that’s an understatement. The Everett Silvertips centerman has recorded five goals in the last four games played this week. Hofer potted a pair of goals on Wednesday, and continued his scorching scoring pace with three more goals this weekend, two of them coming on Sunday night.

Hofer’s fifth goal in just eight games played this season came on the power play in the third period of Sunday night’s tilt with the Spokane Chiefs. This time the missile was launched from the left side.

Hofer would add a shorthanded goal later in the period, giving him his second two-goal game this week. (Wednesday night’s two-goal game is here.)

Hofer recorded his 4th goal in the first seven games of the season on Saturday night against the Seattle Thunderbirds.

Hofer now has six goals and four assists (6g, 4a) in just eight games played so far this season.

After being passed over in the previous two NHL drafts, Hofer’s 58-point campaign last season, in which he finished fourth on the team in goals (25) in 67 games played, grabbed the attention of many scouts.

Hofer, 20, was ultimately selected by the Capitals with the 181st overall pick in the 2022 NHL Entry Draft. He is playing in his third season for the Everett Silvertips in the WHL, and will be looking to make the jump to Hershey next fall.

Hofer finds himself in a leadership position after signing with the Silvertips as an undrafted free agent in 2020. He was elected as an assistant captain for the 2022-23 season.

“Being in that leadership role with [Jackson] Berezowski helps a lot,” he explained. “He’s been here the longest. [You see] what he does and feed off that, preaching what the coaches and staff preach of the culture. You try to feed that into the young guys to keep it going.”

Hofer and the Silvertips are back in action on Friday when they visit Olie Kolzig’s Tri-City Americans in Kennewick, Washington. Puck drop is set for 7PM PDT.

By Jon Sorensen

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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7 Responses to Capitals’ Prospect Ryan Hofer Continues Goal-Scoring Rampage

  1. Jonathan says:

    This kid is special. I’m excited that he’s in the system, and am chomping at the bit waiting for the day he can join the big boys. He’s definitely is already a favorite of mine.

    • Anonymous says:

      Kids got a hell of a shot, but I like that his goals have come in all shapes and sizes. Gritty, in close, bombs from the point, short handed.

    • KimRB says:

      I’ll temper my enthusiasm. The kid is an overager, and that may lead to inflated numbers

      • Jon Sorensen says:

        You are certainly allowed tempering, that’s what it’s all about. I will suggest that his offensive numbers have seen a huge spike since the beginning of last season, after being passed up in the draft.

        • KimRB says:

          I hope he does turn out to be a really solid NHLer. I’m not one of those Caps fans whose glass is always half empty. But when I see a prospect, the first thing I wonder is “what are his flaws?” Poor skater, perimeter player, defensively poor etc. I’d need to see at least a couple of full games of his, to give a really informed opinion. I don’t like to rush to judgement based on YouTube highlights.
          And besides, it’d be boring if it were an echo chamber!

  2. novafyre says:

    Dedication. Reminds me of Pat Maroon. The Big Rig was told more than once by coaches to find another job, that he was too fat, and would never make in pro hockey much less the NHL. Been to the last 4 Stanley Cup finals winning three times. Sometimes you listen to the experts and sometimes you just have to have faith in your self, your abilities, and then go out, work hard, and prove them wrong.

    • Anonymous says:

      Stevenson was passed over and that pissed him off. He’s a different players because he felt he was disrespected. Like you said…motivation is a wonderful thing.

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