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#16 Ryan Oulahen
Pos: Center
D.O.B.: 03/26/85
From: Newmarket, Ontario
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 185
Shoots: Left
Drafted: 5th Rnd, 2003 draft by Detroit Red Wings
Acquired: Signed 3 yr contract with Detroit 7/29/05
Plus: Good offensive instincts... Great Skater...Defensively Responsible... Team Leader... Ace penalty killer...
Minus: Needs to play with more grit... Consistency, especially on offense...
Organizational Comments:"Really love him, there's a guy if we were a little less stacked, would have played a lot more, because he's responsible without the puck. He reminds me a lot of Matt Ellis, I'd love to see Ryan play a little grittier, a little more of a mean streak in there. I think he's going to get an opportunity to play down the road because of his responsibility and attention to defense" Griffins Head Coach Greg Ireland
What GRC says: 2009-10: Oulahen missed the entire 2009-10 season recovering from the brutal hip dislocation suffered last season and subsequent surgeries and setbacks.
2008-09: Oulahen has done all he can at the AHL level, and the next logical step is to see whether he can play in the NHL. He listened to the Wings and added some snarl to his already defensively responsible game. The result was an increase in offense as he just missed his first 20-goal season, a mark he surely would have reached if not for his season ending dislocated hip. He is expected to make a complete recovery, and should earn a new contract from Detroit (NHL). His return is uncertain however, as he will have to pass through waivers before being assigned to GR and another NHL team may take a chance on the 24-year-old center.
2007-08: Oulahen bristled under full time duty with the captain's C during the second half, but stepped up his offensive game when called upon. The third year forward played with a variety of linemates in a number of roles and remained effective, providing steady consistent play. He still needs to add a little more of an edge to his play to take the next level, but if he can maintain the offensive pace without losing his defensive presence, he is well on his way there.
2006-07: The most improved player on the team according to Coach Ireland, Oulahen really stepped up his game in the latter stages of the season. He added a little bit more of an edge to his calling card defensive game, but it was on the other side of the puck that he made his biggest steps. Due to injury and recall, he found himself centering the team's number one line for most of February, and accounted for himself well, averaging a point per game. He has firmly placed himself on the Red Wings radar for the future.
2005-06: Ryan beat out Todd Jackson for a regular role on the club, and the first year center played reasonably well in limited ice time. After seeing glimpses of his potential this season, expect Oulahen to more than double his offensive numbers next year.
Role: Two-Way Forward
Projection: Checking Forward

Season Team Lge GP G A PTS PIM +/- GP G A PTS PIM +/-
2000-01 Wexford OMHA 66 38 58 96 18
2001-02 Newmarket OPJHL 48 18 17 35 4 0
2002-03 Brampton Battallion OHL 61 21 22 43 6 20 11 2 1 3 2 -2
2003-04 Brampton Battallion OHL 57 17 18 35 26 -18 12 3 7 10 6 -4
2004-05 Brampton Battallion OHL 64 27 31 58 22 5 5 1 4 5 4 -1
2005-06 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 75 9 10 19 20 0 16 0 0 0 2 -2
2006-07 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 79 11 16 27 42 4 7 0 2 2 4 3
2007-08 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 75 14 16 30 47 -11
2008-09 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 73 19 12 31 31 7
2009-10 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL Did not play - Injured
Griffins Totals 302 5354107140023 0 2 2 61

7/29/05 Signed 3 yr contract with Detroit (NHL)
9/24/05 Assigned by Detroit (NHL)
9/27/05 Recalled by Detroit (NHL)
9/28/05 Assigned by Detroit (NHL)
9/1/06 Recalled by Detroit (NHL) for training camp
9/24/06 Assigned by Detroit (NHL)
9/1/07 Recalled by Detroit (NHL) for training camp
9/29/07 Assigned by Detroit (NHL)
7/23/08 Signed 1 yr contract with Detroit (NHL)
9/13/08 Recalled for Training Camp by Detroit (NHL)
10/3/08 Assigned by Detroit (NHL)
7/22/09 Signed 1 yr contract with Detroit (NHL)
9/13/09 Recalled for Training Camp by Detroit (NHL)
Long Term Injury - Hip