Over the next two weeks, we will be putting a spotlight on each and every member of the 2020 Fighting Saints Training Camp roster. The players are set to report to Dubuque by the beginning of October with the USHL season slated to start November 6th. Dubuque returns 10 players from last year’s team, adds two from the NCAA ranks and brings in seven from their affiliate list last year. According to head coach Oliver David, this will be a very young, but talented team. This week we will be profiling Ryan Alexander.
Ryan Alexander 2019-20 Stats: 45 GP, 18G, 40A, 58P (St. Michael’s Buzzers)
Dubuque went international with a good amount of their Phase II Draft this year. Of their first 10 picks, seven of them were from players who played outside the United States last season. One of those picks was Ryan Alexander.
GM Kalle Larsson described Alexander as “our kind of player” after he was drafted in early May. Alexander is a hard-nosed center who is able to play effectively in all three areas of the ice. During his last season with the St. Michael’s Buzzers, he was more of a play maker than a goal scorer, notching nearly an assist a game en route to 58 points in the 45 games he played.
Alexander gives Dubuque some relief at center, as the team lost two of their top three centers from last season. In a league like the USHL, where scoring is frequently at a premium, a strong two-way center is a great player to have.
Alexander was Dubuque’s second round pick, 30 overall, and the Saints were certainly happy to still have the ability to pick him where they did in the draft.
As an 02 birth year, Alexander is one of the younger players on the Fighting Saints this season, but his skill should make youth a non-factor. In addition to all the above, Alexander already has a significant tie to Dubuque in the fact that he is yet another Arizona State commit to skate for the Saints