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Ryan Suter
Ryan Suter
Defenseman
(RIGH-uhn SOO-tuhr)
Number: 20
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 200
Shoots: Left
Born: Jan 21, 1985  (Age 29)
Birthplace: Madison, WI, United States
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Drafted: NSH / 2003 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 1st (7th overall)
2009-10: Ranked second on the team, and tied for 20th among NHL defensemen, in assists (33)… Played in all 82 games for the second consecutive season, and for the third time in four campaigns. He enters 2010-11 having played 203 consecutive contests… Finished 11th in voting for the Norris Trophy… Led the team in average ice time for the second straight season, posting the third-highest average in franchise history (23:58). Played the 13th-most minutes in the NHL (1,966:02), logging at least 20 minutes in 81-of-82 games… Ranked second on the team with a career-high 112 blocked shots… Ranked first on the team in power-play assists (15), tying a career high, and third in man-advantage points (17)… Tied for the team lead in overtime points (1g-1a)… Collected his 100th career assist on Nov. 17 vs. San Jose… Name to The Hockey News’ preseason All-Central Division Team, in addition to being ranked the 20th-best defenseman in the NHL by the publication… Earned a silver medal with Team USA at the 2010 Olympics while serving as an alternate captain... Led the U.S. in average ice time for the tournament (22:50), highlighted by a game-high 31:31 played in the Gold Medal Game… Tied for the Olympic tournament lead in plus/minus rating (+9)… Also tied for first on Team USA, and first among tournament defensemen, in assists (4). PLAYOFFS: Played in all six of the club’s postseason contests… Ranked second on the team in average time on ice (24:08), and tied for second in shots on goal (16).

2008-09: Established career highs in assists (38) and points (45), ranking second on the club in helpers, and second among team defensemen in points… Also ranked 12th among NHL blueliners in assists and tied for 16th in points… Ranked second among team d-men in goals (7)… Set a franchise record for average ice time with a career high (24:15)… Ranked second on the club in power-play assists with a career-high (15) and third in power-play points with a personal best (18)… Posted career highs in power-play goals (3) and game-winning goals (3)… Tied for the team lead in overtime points (1g-2a)… One of five players to appear in all 82 games… Set career highs in shots (143), penalty minutes (73) and hits (87)… Played in his 300th NHL game on March 18, 2009 at Anaheim… Posted his 100th career point (assist) on Feb. 12, 2009 vs. St. Louis… Represented the United States at the 2009 World Championships in Switzerland… Ranked third on Team USA in average ice time (20:20) and named the club’s best player in the bronze-medal game against Sweden.

2007-08: Led all team defensemen in goals (7) and ranked second in points (31)… Ranked third on the club in average time on ice (20:34)… Collected his first career game-winning goal on Dec. 8 vs. Anaheim. PLAYOFFS: Ranked second in average time on ice (21:12) while appearing in all six postseason games… Scored the game-tying goal in Game Three of the club’s WCQ series with Detroit. Nine seconds later, Jason Arnott netted the game winner, marking the first time in NHL history that a team has gone from trailing a playoff game to leading it in less than 10 seconds… Also collected an assist in Game Three, his first career playoff assist.

2006-07: Established career-highs in games played (82), goals (8) and plus/minus rating (+10)… One of three Predators to play in all 82 games… Ranked fourth on the club in average ice time (20:09)… Scored his first career power-play goal vs. Vancouver on Oct. 31… Registered three points (1g-2a) in seven games with Team USA at the 2007 World Championships in Russia. PLAYOFFS: Played in all five of Nashville’s WCQ games vs. San Jose. Game One was his first career playoff game and he scored his first career playoff goal in Game Three… Ranked second on the club in average ice time (23:18).

2005-06: Led Nashville rookies in assists (15), points (1g-15a-16pts), shots (84), penalty minutes (66), average ice time (17:21) and games played (71)… Tied for 12th among NHL rookies with a +7 rating… Tied for 13th among NHL rookie d-men in assists and tied for 15th in points… Scored his first career NHL goal, added an assist and posted a +4 rating at Chicago on Dec. 21… Posted his first NHL multi-point game with two assists at St. Louis on Oct. 15… Notched an assist in his NHL debut vs. San Jose on Oct. 5.

CAREER NOTES: Played his first pro season with Milwaukee (AHL) and tied for third on the team with a +10 rating in 2004-05… Also led Milwaukee in 2005 playoff assists (5) and ranked third in playoff scoring (1g-5a-6pts)… Served as captain for Team USA at the 2005 World Junior Championships, and became 16th American to compete in three World Junior tournaments… Named to the All-Tournament Team after leading 2005 WJC tournament defensemen in scoring (1g-7a-8pts), tying for second on Team USA in points and tying for third in the entire tournament in assists… Also appeared in one contest with Team USA at the 2005 World Championships in Austria.

AMATEUR: Helped the United States capture its first-ever gold medal at the World Junior Championships in 2004… Finished his freshman season at the University of Wisconsin (WCHA) in 2003-04 and was named to the All-WCHA Third Team, the All-WCHA Rookie Team and USCHO.com’s All-Rookie Team… Ranked second on Wisconsin with a +19 rating and third with 93 penalty minutes and led team defensemen with 16 assists… The first American player selected (No. 7 overall) at the 2003 NHL Entry Draft… Won USA Hockey’s 2002-03 Bob Johnson Award, given annually to the U.S. player who excels in international competition… Played for the U.S. at the 2003 World Junior Championships… Helped the U.S. advance to the bronze-medal game at the 2003 World U-18 Championships in Russia, finishing fourth in team scoring and seventh among the tournament’s top-scoring defensemen… The only member of the NTDP to win two gold medals in one season in 2002, when he won gold at the U-18 and U-17 World Championships… Earned best defenseman honors at the 2002 U-18 World Championships in Slovakia, capturing a gold medal with the U.S. team while tying as the tournament’s top-scoring defenseman… Played for the U.S. Select U-18 team at the 2001 Four Nations Tournament in the Czech Republic… Selected to play in the 2001 USA Hockey Select-16 Tournament.

BACKGROUND:
Enjoys golf and fishing… Spends his summers in Pine Island, Florida… Favorites include Old School (movie), SportsCenter (TV show), Tim McGraw and the Dance Hall Doctors (band/musician), Will Ferrell (actor), Alaska (vacation spot) and Stoney River Grille (Nashville restaurant)… Enjoys Nashville for the country music… His father, Bob Suter - a member of the 1980 “Miracle on Ice” U.S. Olympic Team - played for the Nashville South Stars and played at the University of Wisconsin… His uncles, Gary Suter (who enjoyed a distinguished 17-year career in the NHL) and John Suter, also played at Wisconsin… Wife – Becky.

TRANSACTIONS:
June 22, 2003 – Nashville’s first choice, seventh overall (first round), in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.


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