As I have been doing every day, I will be highlighting a player from Team USA or Team Canada as a player of the day. Today's player from the Nashville Predators and Team USA is one of the best young defensemen in the NHL: Ryan Suter.
Ryan is a consistent, hard checking defensemen for the Nashville Predators. He was taken in the 1st round, 7th overall in the 2003 NHL entry draft. He honed his skills playing for the Wisconsin Badgers of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association(WCHA) during the 2003-04 season, his hometown college team. During the lockout season he played for the Milwaukee Admirals of the AHL. He played his first NHL season in 2005-06 and was able to pot 16 points in 71 games. Each season his point total increased due to more power play time as he established himself as one of the teams top four defensemen.
Ryan has played for Team USA seven times total. Three times he donned the Red, White and Blue jersey he helped win a gold medal. His first gold came in 2002 at the World Junior Under-17 Hockey Championships. That same year he got another gold at the World Junior Under-18 Hockey Championships. His last gold medal came in 2004 at the World Junior Hockey Championships. Overall he has played in 41 international games and contributed 26 points.
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