Ryan Lasch

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Ryan Lasch
Born (1987-01-22) January 22, 1987 (age 30)
Lake Forest, CA, USA
Height 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Weight 174 lb (79 kg; 12 st 6 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shoots Right
NLA team
Former teams
SC Bern
Södertälje SK
Lahti Pelicans
Växjö Lakers
HC TPS
Frolunda HC
National team  United States
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2010–present

Ryan Lasch (born January 22, 1987) is an American professional ice hockey winger who is currently playing for SC Bern of the National League A (NLA).

Playing career[edit]

After playing four years with St. Cloud State University, Lasch completed his collegiate career as the University's all-time leading scorer.[1] An Undrafted Free Agent, Lasch began his professional career in Europe, signing a one-year contract with Södertälje SK of the Swedish Elitserien. During the following 2011–12 season he led the Finnish SM-Liiga with 62 points to capture the scoring title whilst helping the Lahti Pelicans to finish second, their highest in franchise history.

Despite re-signing to a one-year contract extension with the Pelicans, on May 31, 2012, Lasch was signed by the Anaheim Ducks to a two-year contract prior to the 2012–13 season. In signing he became the franchise's first Orange county-born player to sign with the Ducks.[2] Due to the lockout he was directly assigned to the Ducks AHL affiliate, the Norfolk Admirals.

Unable to duplicate his European success with the Admirals, and also enduring a stint with ECHL club the Fort Wayne Komets, Lasch opted to return to the Swedish Elitserien, signing on loan from the Ducks to the Växjö Lakers for the remainder of the season on January 26, 2013.[3] After playing in the Lakers last 10 games to end their season, the Ducks traded Lasch along with a seventh round pick in 2014 to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for Dave Steckel on March 15, 2013. He was then immediately recalled to report to AHL affiliate, the Toronto Marlies.[4]

Lasch then spent the 2013-14 season entirely with the Växjö Lakers, tallying 20 goals and 16 assists in 54 SHL games. The 2014-15 season saw him move to Finland. He made 43 Liiga appearances for HC TPS, before returning to Sweden.[5] He finished the season with Frölunda HC, scoring six goals in 12 contests to go along with eight assists.

Lasch re-signed with Frölunda for the 2015-16 campaign and won the Swedish national championship as well as the Champions Hockey League (CHL) with the team. He led the SHL in assists (51 in regular season) and also scored 15 goals. In 16 playoff contests, Lasch tallied eight goals and eleven assists. In CHL play, Lasch scored seven goals and dished out nine assists in 13 games and was named Champions Hockey League Most Valuable Player.[6]

On September 8, 2016, Lasch was signed to a one-year contract by SC Bern as a replacement for Kris Versteeg.[7]

Outlook[edit]

Matias Strozyk, a journalist for Yleisradio, described Ryan Lasch's playing style for Elite Prospects in 2011.[8]

A fairly small winger and hard worker. A quick skater with sharp movement. Has a very good shot and does well in playmaking. Useful as an offensive player, especially as a finisher. Sometimes criticized of embellishment when drawing penalties.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2005–06 Pembroke Lumber Kings CJHL 56 68 78 146
2006–07 St. Cloud State WCHA 40 16 23 39 8
2007–08 St. Cloud State WCHA 40 25 28 53 12
2008–09 St. Cloud State WCHA 38 18 24 42 52
2009–10 St. Cloud State WCHA 43 20 29 49 26
2010–11 Södertälje SK SEL 55 12 18 30 40
2011–12 Pelicans SM-l 59 24 38 62 26 17 5 11 16 29
2012–13 Norfolk Admirals AHL 19 2 3 5 6
2012–13 Fort Wayne Komets ECHL 12 6 9 15 2
2012–13 Växjö Lakers SEL 10 0 5 5 4
2012–13 Toronto Marlies AHL 11 4 1 5 4 2 1 0 1 0
2013–14 Växjö Lakers SHL 54 20 16 36 14 12 1 5 6 0
2014–15 TPS Liiga 43 12 24 36 22
2014–15 Frölunda HC SHL 12 6 8 14 2 9 2 1 3 4
AHL totals 30 6 4 10 10 2 1 0 1 0

International[edit]

Year Team Event GP G A Pts PIM
2012 United States WC 7 0 2 2 0
Senior int'l totals 7 0 2 2 0

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
All-WCHA Rookie Team 2006–07
All-WCHA First Team 2007–08
AHCA West Second-Team All-American 2007-08
All-WCHA First Team 2008–09
All-WCHA Second Team 2009–10
Champions Hockey League MVP 2015-16

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Huskies' leading scorers". St. Cloud State Huskies. 2010-10-14. Retrieved 2013-01-02. 
  2. ^ "Q&A: Ryan Lasch". Anaheim Ducks. 2012-05-31. Retrieved 2012-05-31. 
  3. ^ "Lasch joins Lakers for remainder of season" (in Swedish). Växjö Lakers. 2013-01-26. Retrieved 2013-01-26. 
  4. ^ "Leafs trade Steckel to Ducks for Lasch, draft pick". The Sports Network. 2013-03-15. Retrieved 2013-03-15. 
  5. ^ TT. "Ryan Lasch till Frölunda". SvD.se. Retrieved 2016-03-12. 
  6. ^ "Ryan Lasch: NordicBet MVP! | Champions Hockey League". www.championshockeyleague.net. Retrieved 2016-05-05. 
  7. ^ "Replacement for Versteeg found - SC Bern signs American Ryan Lasch". swisshockeynews.ch. Retrieved 2016-09-08. 
  8. ^ http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=12382

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